David De Gea stored Manchester United’s fighters absolutely at bay for the 162nd time because the Reds received 1-zero on Saturday, as he moved above membership legend Gary Bailey withinside the all-time easy sheets table.
The scenario has been monitored via way of means of Bailey in latest weeks, who tweeted his blessing for De Gea to surpass him beforehand of the Premier League video games towards Wolves and Aston Villa, most effective to be left dissatisfied because the Reds conceded desires via way of means of each Midlands clubs.
However, Saturday’s anciental easy sheet towards the Hammers method the Spaniard has now claimed 1/3 location outright at the listing.
De Gea, who overtook Mark Hughes at the membership’s all-time appearances listing whilst he performed at Brentford, is now simply 18 easy sheets brief of equalling Peter Schmeichel’s membership report of one hundred eighty.
So some distance this season, our Spanish shot-stopper has done seven shut-outs – away to Wolves (1-zero), Tottenham (3-zero), Villarreal (2-zero) and Norwich (1-zero) and withinside the domestic video games towards Crystal Palace (1-zero), Aston Villa (1-zero, Emirates FA Cup) and now West Ham (1-zero).Ipswich-born Bailey spent 9 years at United among 1978 and 1987, triumphing FA Cups and one Charity Shield.
He done 161 easy sheets for the Reds in 375 appearances, and is the 2d-maximum Englishman at the listing, with Alex Stepney occupying two location.
Stepney has an excellent overall of one hundred seventy five easy sheets, gathered over the direction of 539 video games in his 13-yr stint with the Reds.
The 1966 signing from Chelsea received the League, the European Cup and an FA Cup earlier than shifting to the USA in 1979 to play for Dallas Tornadoes.
Arguably the membership’s finest ever goalkeeper, Schmeichel done his overall of one hundred eighty easy sheets in 398 appearances.
The Denmark global helped the membership to accumulate 15 trophies from his arrival in 1991, culminating withinside the Treble in his very last season, 1998/99.
With De Gea nonetheless most effective 31 years old, it appears there is a very good risk he’ll in the end surpass Schmeichel and pinnacle the listing.