With two quality goalkeepers to choose from Sir Alex Ferguson still seems undecided over who will be his number one out of David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard. In an effort to reach a reasonable conclusion over who is the better choice, talkSPORT look at the stats behind both Manchester United keepers' performance so far this season*.
According to the stats, De Gea has made a higher number of saves than Lindegaard, as well as kept more clean sheets, but he has also conceded far more. All three of those figures can be accounted for based on De Gea playing more than double the amount of minutes as Lindegaard, however, and when you look at the percentage of saves the two keepers have made from shots, De Gea comes out on top, with nearly four per cent more than Lindegaard. De Gea is slightly more effective in terms of saving shots than Lindegaard, but in reality there are fine margins between the two, and Lindegaard's stats are respectable considering his lack of playing time.
What is notable, however, is that De Gea started in United's victories over Arsenal and Chelsea, with both matches settled by one goal margins, so the Spaniard has proven his worth in the big games. It would seem that De Gea is marginally first choice, but with Alex Ferguson still seemingly undecided, neither goalkeeper can be confident of their place and that may well affect United's defending at a crucial period of the season.
*Statistics correct up to 30 November 2012.
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