Originally Posted by Joel
I'm sorry, but the way de Gea pushes the ball back into the danger zone after a save is terrible. Keep making all the excuses in the world for him though
I'm glad that people are starting to pick up on/acknowledge this, I got laughed at by United 07
for saying that De Gea does this a lot, but it's an undeniable weakness of his. I'm struggling to think of a game where he hasn't done this for the past two months. Sometimes he gets away with it, but more often than not he doesn't. He's a keeper that can't cope with crosses and consistently fails to deal with shots correctly, yet apparently he's international/Champion's league class! I wouldn't be so bothered about it but all of the hype for De Gea makes it difficult for me to not point out his obvious flaws.
The argument that United fans always make for De Gea is that he's a great shot "stopper", which is true, but most keepers at premier league level are. However, it's one thing to stop a shot, but where the ball ends up is another matter altogether. Another argument that is given to justify the shot topping quality being a genuine selling point is that De Gea has one of the highest (if not the highest) shots to saves percentages in the league, but until I can see a complete break down of what types of shots he has had to deal with then it's a useless stat.
To add some balance I will say that De Gea would be an outstanding five-a-side keeper, he would look genuinely world class in a match situation where his distribution would be far more of an asset and his parrying of shots wouldn't be an issue. If opposition players weren't allowed into the eighteen yard area in eleven-a-side matches then he would definitely be as good as some United fans claim, but unfortunately for them the opposition players (to United) are allowed to enter the area for rebounds as well as crosses. If De Gea was unchallenged in these situations then he would be a top, top keeper