Man Utd keeper De Gea ends 7-year Prem penalty hoodoo at West Ham | OneFootball
Man Utd keeper De Gea ends 7-year Prem penalty hoodoo at West Ham
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea broke a five-year hoodoo with his penalty save against West Ham United on Sunday.
Until his save against Mark Noble, the Spaniard had not saved a penalty outside a shoot-out since April 2016. That was in the FA Cup semi-final against then-Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
De Gea has to go back even further to October 2014, a whopping seven years ago, to find his last Premier League penalty save in open play from Leighton Baines, also of Everton.
The numbers made even more troubling reading when including penalty shoot-outs. Until saving Noble's penalty, de Gea had failed to save 41 penalties in total - 33 for United and eight for Spain.
Those include all 11 in the Europa League final against Villarreal in May, which United lost on penalties. A staggering shoot-out saw all 21 penalties scored until de Gea had to take one against his opposite number.