David de Gea is the only goalkeeper shortlisted in the PFA Player of the Year award, with Pat Jennings the only goalkeeper to win the award, back in 1976.
De Gea is also on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and is joined by Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois.
The official United website has collated stats to compare the two, ahead of the match against Chelsea on Saturday, which show that De Gea has had the most effective season.
Here are the statistics for every goalkeeper to have made at least one appearance during the first half of the 2014-15 Premier League season:
Manchester United's David de Gea has saved the highest percentage of shots faced amongst goalkeepers to have played at least half of their club's games this season.
The average age of United's 10 most regular starters is 26.8. At the older end of the scale is Robin van Persie (31) with 24 starts, Antonio Valencia (29) with 22 starts and Radamel Falcao (29) with 12 starts.
Daley Blind (25), Marcos Rojo (25), Chris Smalling (25), Phil Jones (23) and Adnan Januzaj (20), amongst others, are not included in the average as they are outside the top 10 for number of starts.
Danny Welbeck has claimed that moving to Arsenal and playing more football has meant he is a lot sharper on the pitch.
When you are playing regularly, you feel a lot sharper on the pitch. Once you play regularly, it just becomes second nature to do things on the pitch. I feel match-sharp and that is important.
In the games that remain, much has been made that United have tougher fixtures than the teams around them. But is that such a bad thing?
When looking at our results against the top teams in the league, United have faired pretty well this season.
Drew 1-1 (h)
Lost 1-0 (a)
Won 2-1 (a)
Won 3-0 (h)
Won 2-1 (a)
Lost 1-0 (h)
Out of the 18 points available from games against teams in the top six, United have picked up 10, meaning we've claimed 56% of the points available.
Accurate long balls per game
Krisztian Nemeth's goal was the 1,000th scored by Kansas City in all competitions.
The game was KC's 600th in league play, Kansas City is 245-230-125 in those 600 games.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 25th in league play for KC, he's the 9th player to score 25 goals for KC.
Dwyer's goal was his 15th at home in league play, tying him with Digital Takawira for 8th all time on that list.
Another statistical update, the list of top 20 goal scorers in all competitions. First here's the list as it's gone through the years.
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - 2013
1. Preki - 81 (71 league, 8 playoff, 1 open cup, 1 international) (-)
One more stat for you tonight, most appearances and starts in a single season.
For the first time since 2010, Sporting didn't have a player play in all 34 league games. The closest anyone came was Dom Dwyer, who appeared in 33 games, missing one game due to yellow card accumulation.
CJ Sapong - 2011 - 34
Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 34
Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 34
Kei Kamara - 2012 - 33
Dom Dwyer - 2014 - 33
Preki - 1996 - 32
Mark Chung - 1996 - 32
Mark Chung - 1997 - 32
Nick Garcia - 2000 - 32
Peter Vermes - 2000 - 32
Bo Oshoniyi - 2005 - 32
Davy Arnaud - 2006 - 32
Matt Besler - 2011 - 32
Graham Zusi - 2011 - 32
Graham Zusi - 2012 - 32
Seth Sinovic - 2013 - 32
In all competitions Sporting played 43 games this year, falling two short of the record KC set in the 2013 season.
Another stat for you, Sporting's landmark goals. This year, Sporting hit two landmark goal marks, and not surprisingly, both were scored by Dom Dwyer. Back in May, Dwyer scored Sporting's 800th league goal in their 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. Then on the road against Philadelphia late in the season, Dwyer scored the 400th competitive goal away from home for Kansas City.
Ander Herrera has scored five goals and has four assists in 19 appearances (12 starts). That works out at as one goal/assist every 138 minutes he's been on the pitch so far this season.
For comparison, Cesc Fabregas has one goal/assist per 129 minutes, Eden Hazard per 140 minutes (or one every 157 minutes if you don't count penalties), David Silva every 140 minutes, Oscar every 146 minutes, Santi Cazorla every 159 minutes, Aaron Ramsey every 163 minutes, Samir Nasri every 190 minutes and Yaya Toure every 234 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo had the best goals per game ratio when he was aged 23, with his birthday falling in 2008. This is followed by Christian Erikson, then Eden Hazard, then Paul Scholes.
Stats from @klausegelund.
Sporting KC won their 100th away game in all competitions.
In the 24th minute, Seth Sinovic hit 10,000 minutes played in league play for Sporting KC, he finished the game with 10,066 minutes played.
Sinovic made his 143rd start in all competitions, tying him with Michael Harrington for 14th on that list.
The two points through three games is the fewest KC's had through three games since they had 0 points through three in the 1999 season.
In the 90th minute, Matt Besler moved past Jack Jewsbury and into 7th place for minutes played in league play for KC. He finished the game with 13,276 minutes played.
Graham Zusi made his 150th league appearance for Kansas City, he's the 9th player to hit that mark for KC.
It also broke his tie with Mo Johnston and Michael Harrington for 9th place on that list.
Zusi made his 143rd start in all competitions for KC, tying him with Harrington for 13th on that list.
Jacob Peterson made his 200th league appearance in his MLS career.
Ike Opara made his 50th start in all competitions in his MLS career.
Benny Feilhaber recorded his 17th assist in all competitions for KC, tying him with Claudio Lopez for 16th all time on that list.
Matt Besler picked up his second red card of his MLS career, which ties him with 7 others for 7th on the list in KC's history.
Another stat update for you. Here is the top goal scorers for Sporting KC throughout their history. See the links below for previous years.
1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013
Another stat, this time it's the most starts for Sporting KC. In league play this year, three players made their 100th start for KC. Graham Zusi, Seth Sinovic, and Aurelien Collin all hit the mark. Assuming his recovery goes well, Chance Myers should hit the mark, as should the reacquired Roger Espinoza early in the 2015 season.
Some more stats for you this offseason. Now I'm going to update the list of appearances for the club. This year Sporting had three players, Seth Sinovic, CJ Sapong, and Aurelien Collin, hit the century mark for appearances in league play. Additions to this list in 2015 are looking quite slim with Paulo Nagamura needing 33 appearances to hit 100 being the only player on the roster within touching distance this year.
Updating another list tonight, the caps players got for their country while a member of Sporting Kansas City. Graham Zusi has moved up to be the second most capped Sporting player, trailing only Josh Wolff. Matt Besler also jumped up the list. And with the return of Roger Espinoza, the potential for someone new to top Wolff in the next few years is certainly there.
It's time to start updating my stats again ahead of the 2015 MLS season. In doing so I'll try to do one every day or every other day or so as we head towards the 2015 MLS season. We'll start with the 10,000 minute club.
This year, Sporting had one player join the list this year. Graham Zusi became the 15th player to play 10,000 minutes for Kansas City in league play.
Since 2011, Juan Mata has the best goals and assists record in the league, outshining the likes of David Silva and Yaya Toure.
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Antonio Valencia 69 (92%)
Juan Mata 67 (92%)
Mamadou Sakho 53 (90%)
Ander Herrera 52 (87%)
Joe Allen 48 (84%)
Attacking third passes
Marouane Fellaini 17 (65%)
Antonio Valencia 17 (90%)
Juan Mata 16 (80%)
Ander Herrera 13 (81%)
Philippe Coutinho 11 (65%)
Antonio Valencia 10
Philippe Coutinho 9
Michael Carrick 7
Phil Jones 7
Joe Allen 6
Ander Herrera 7/9
Daley Blind 6/7
Emre Can 4/6
Marouane Fellaini 4/5
Phil Jones 4/4
Marouane Fellaini 11/16
Martin Skrtel 4/8
Emre Can 4/7
Wayne Rooney 4/6
Jordan Henderson 3/6
Top passing combinations
Valencia to Mata 35
Mata to Valencia 23
Blind to Fellaini 20
Herrera to Valencia 17
Valencia to Herrera 16
Mata to Herrera 16
Liverpool passes: 302/402 (75%)
United passes: 460/562 (82%)
Liverpool possession: 41.
Juan Mata: 89.6%
Michael Carrick: 89.6%
Daley Blind: 89.6%
Ander Herrera: 87%
Wayne Rooney 84.3%
Inaccurate long balls per game
Robin van Persie 8 (1 goal per 188 minutes)
Wayne Rooney 8 (1 goal per 163 minutes)
Juan Mata 5 (1 goal per 247 minutes)
Angel di Maria 6
Wayne Rooney 4
Juan Mata 3
Ander Herrera 3
Radamel Falcao 3
Goals and assists
Wayne Rooney 12 (1 per 109 minutes)
Robin van Persie 10 (1 per 150 minutes)
Angel di Maria 9 (1 per 96 minutes)
Juan Mata 8 (1 per 154 minutes)
Key passes per game
Angel di Maria 2.
Much has been made of he difficult run in Manchester United have in our battle to finish in the top four, but based on our results against the top clubs this season, we have the best record.
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Following United's 1-1 draw with West Ham, Sam Allardyce claimed that his team couldn't cope with United's "long ball" strategy.
In the end, we couldn't cope with the long balls Manchester United kept putting in the box. It was just, thump it forward and see what they could get.
Here is a comparison of the players at United who have scored/assisted the most goals this season. Rooney is currently United's top scorer, although it should be taken in to consideration that he has played in central midfield for the majority of the season. Angel di Maria has more assists than anyone in the team.
You could probably see for yourself that Adnan Januzaj completely outperformed Angel di Maria in today's match, justifying Louis van Gaal's decision to make the half-time substitution.
Di Maria 2 (0 on target)
Januzaj 4 (2 on target)
Di Maria 16/22 (73%)
Januzaj 23/25 (92%)
Attacking third passes
Di Maria 11/16 (69%)
Januzaj 13/15 (87%)
Di Maria 2
Last season, United averaged 5.7 corners per game and this season it is 5.4. 15% of the corners we took last season lead to chances, and this year it is 13%. Just 1.4% of our corners last season resulted in goals and this year, so far, it is 2.5%.
In real terms, that means this season we've scored 3 times from 119 corners this season, which is pretty shocking.
Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday Preview
Wigan need to snap out of their current slump if they are to avoid relegation to the third tier of English football however it may not happen tomorrow against mid-table side Sheffield Wednesday who scraped past basement side Blackpool on Boxing Day.
Ipswich v Charlton Preview
Ipswich continued their impressive run towards promotion on Boxing Day with a win against high flying Brentford and Mick McCarthy will be hoping his side can keep it going with a win against Charlton tomorrow night who were rather lucky to draw 1-1 in their clash with Cardiff on Boxing Day also.
In the 11th minute, Jalil Anibaba hit the 10,000 minute mark in MLS play in his career, he finished the game with 10,079 minutes played.
In the 39th minute, Roger Espinoza hit the 10,000 minute mark in all competitions while playing with Kansas City. He's the 22nd player to hit that mark for KC.
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With their first goal and first win of the 2015 firmly secured during Saturday's 2-1 win over the Earthquakes, let's take a look at where the Revolution rank in some important statistical categories:
(Note: the following statistics can be found on whoscored.
Sports Matrix have produced an infographic which looks at United's build style, following the on-going debate about long balls. If you needed stats to show you that United aren't a long ball team, here they are, showing that, like most teams who are desperate for points at the end of a game, resort to booting the ball up to Marouane Fellaini.
Another stat for you, the youngest and oldest players to appear in or start games in league play and in all competitions.
In league appearances, four new players joined the list. Erik Palmer-Brown became the youngest player to ever appear in a game for Kansas City when he started KC's game in Chicago back in May.
More statistics, this time I'm updating my list of the youngest and oldest goal scorers for Kansas City in league play and in all competitions.
In league play, no new players joined the list in 2014. A number of Kansas City's draft picks could join this list should they score in the 2015 season though, so there could be some shake up here.
Another updated stat, this time it's single season minutes played for Kansas City. In league play, no new players joined the top 10 for minutes played, the closest was Seth Sinovic who played 2,755 in league play this past season.
1. Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 3060
Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 3060