An amazing stat, highlighting just how mistake-prone Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been over the last 18 months, has emerged online this afternoon.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men travelled to Vicarage Road a short time ago, for a Premier League meeting with basement-dwellers Watford.
The two sides headed into proceedings amid altogether-contrasting recent spells of form.
Hosts Watford had managed just 2 league wins all season, the latter of which came early last month.
The Hornets had since fallen to 4 defeats in 5.
Manchester United, on the other hand, had lost just 1 of their previous 10 outings across all competitions before today.
In addition, the Red Devils had picked up impressive 3-point hauls versus the likes of Tottenham and champions Manchester City over recent weeks.
As such, when the 90 minutes were said and done at Vicarage Road, this afternoon’s result came as a major shock.
A dismal performance on the part of visitors United eventually saw Watford run out deserved 2-0 victors.
An explosive opening to the second-half on the part of Nigel Pearson’s men saw Ismaila Sarr and Troy Deeney find the net within the space of 4 minutes, leaving Manchester United shell-shocked.
Solskjaer’s Red Devils pushed for some form of consolation as proceedings wore on, but were met with an impressively-resolute defensive display on the part of their hosts, sending the visitors back to Manchester with their tails firmly between their legs.
Disappointing De Gea
As outlined above, meanwhile, Watford’s first of the afternoon today came courtesy of Ismaila Sarr.
After a difficult start to life in the colours of the Hornets following his big-money summer arrival, Senegalese international Sarr finally notched his first Premier League goal 5 minutes after the interval.
The 21-year-old’s finish, though, was aided to no end by Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea.
A tame effort towards the top right-hand corner of the away side’s goal saw the Spaniard inexplicably allow the ball to slip through his grasp, despite what should have been a routine catch.
This saw Sarr’s strike go down as a De Gea mistake, since giving rise to a remarkable statistic.
Despite still being viewed as one of the world’s finest goalkeepers in some circles, Spanish international De Gea has now made more errors leading to goals than any other player in the English top-flight since the beginning of last season:
Since the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season, no player has made more errors leading to goals (6) than David de Gea.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 22, 2019