Andre Onana has had a difficult start to life at Old Trafford after joining from Inter Milan in the summer to replace David de Gea.
The Cameroonian goalkeeper has allowed 10 goals in his first five Premier League appearances, preserving only one clean sheet against Wolves.
David de Gea, on the other hand, is yet to find a new club after leaving Manchester United earlier this summer and is rumored to be pondering retirement if he does not find a new club soon.
United’s fans were frustrated and irritated with the Spaniard’s performances last season, with a string of goalkeeping gaffes eventually leading to his departure.
Only two clubs in the Premier League have conceded more goals this season than United, with Andre Onana conceding an average of two goals per game.
Whereas De Gea’s Golden Glove-winning performance in 2022/23 included not only 17 clean sheets but also a rate of 1.13 goals per game.
Although context is crucial, since the entire United team has struggled to defend or play well this season, the squad was more cohesive, organized, and solid during De Gea’s final season.
Comparing Onana’s Stats To De Gea At Man Utd
Onana has made some rookie mistakes, including sitting down before Taiwo Awoniyi’s goal against Nottingham Forest, allowing Declan Rice’s stoppage-time winner to slip through his fingers, and, most recently, allowing Leroy Sane’s tame shot to slip beneath him in the Champions League on Wednesday.
We can see how well each goalie performed in each statistic based on data acquired between the 22/23 season and the start of the 23/24 season.
Onana’s sample size is obviously much smaller, but each statistic has been measured on a per-90 basis to keep things as level as feasible. Surprisingly, De Gea has been more adept with the ball at his feet than Onana, but with a poorer 68.33% passing accuracy.
De Gea also has a higher save percentage of 70%, but Onana merely has a save rate of 66.67%.
However, because of United’s superior defense, Onana has faced an average of six attempts on target per 90 minutes, whereas De Gea has faced only 3.8 shots on target per match.
The conclusion of the season will provide more solid figures to compare, but United’s new first-choice keeper still has a long way to go to match De Gea’s peak shot-stopping ability.