Manchester City’s Ederson vs Manchester United’s David De Gea – A Statistical Comparison
Football has always reaped top priority when it comes to the city of Manchester and this season, it’s been a footballing fest for both the Manchester outfits in the Premier League.
Manchester City are topping the charts with astonishing numbers while United, despite lagging behind their noisy-neighbours throughout the course of this season, have done significantly better as compared to their Premier League rivals, including Liverpool.
When it comes to goalkeepers, both the Manchester teams boast of the most highly rated goalkeepers in European football.
While we can’t help but admire the influence that David de Gea has had behind Manchester United’s success in recent years, we should also give credit to Manchester City’s Ederson for living up to his enormous price tag of £35m.
In this article, however, we will run a little comparison as to who has performed better for their respective teams in the Premier League this season.
Currently, the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football, Ederson’s record-breaking move from Benfica last summer met with thunderous expectations at the start of the campaign and as we head into the final phase of the season, it’s probably safe to say that Ederson has managed to live up to his billing this season.
The 24-year-old has been a crucial figure in between the sticks for the Sky Blues, racking up 14 clean sheets in 30 matches. His numbers also justify the kind of impact he has had at the Etihad this season.
Ederson has conceded an average of 0.67 goals, which is better than anyone in the league while his tally of 2.44 saves per match is also admirable, even though Manchester City’s backline has been more than solid.
Most importantly, however, Ederson’s presence between the sticks has made Manchester City more flexible in their build-up game, which has eventually improved their overall gameplay. Unlike Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero (last season), Ederson is confident on the ball and has the ability to distribute the ball, which is clearly reflected by the fact that he averages 28 metres when it comes to his ball distribution (De Gea has 43m, which is just about average for any goalkeeper in the world).
David de Gea
Someone who needs absolutely no introduction, David de Gea is arguably the best keeper in the world at the moment.
The Manchester United keeper has had an amazing influence on the club’s success over the past few years, which has attracted interest from European champions Real Madrid. This season has been no exception, as the keeper has once again managed exceptional numbers between the sticks.
David de Gea quite easily betters his Manchester City counterpart in terms of everything else apart from distribution, as it seems. That being said, the Spaniard records an incredible 4.14 saves per goal ratio while his tally of 0.77 average goals conceded is second best in the league (behind Manchester City’s Ederson).
The Spaniard has notched up an impressive 89 saves this season, a tally only bettered by Everton’s Jordan Pickford. Furthermore, De Gea’s incredible performances have helped him preserve 15 clean sheets this season, which is the highest in the league.
David de Gea of Manchester United easily wins this battle, just because of the impact he had with his respective club this season. Despite the shoddy defence the Red Devils currently possess, the Spaniard has never failed to give his 100% week in week out, which is clearly reflected in his impressive statistics.
However, we should also give credit to Ederson for revolutionising Manchester City’s build-up play, which has ultimately helped the Sky Blues to perform extremely well this season. He will definitely be one of the club’s most valuable assets in the coming years.