Carroll deserves United chance
By Paul Townley
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roy Carroll deserves a chance to earn a regular place, say Opta.
Manchester United look certain to welcome back Rio Ferdinand when they face bitter rivals Liverpool on Monday, but who will line up behind him is less certain.
Following some indifferent form by Tim Howard, United's perennial back-up Roy Carroll could be handed responsibility to stop the flow of opposition goals.
The Northern Ireland international has played 23 times for The Red Devils in The Premiership and has only been on the losing side once, against Portsmouth last April.
Since signing from Wigan Athletic, Carroll has saved 82 percent of goalbound shots, significantly more than higher profile shot-stoppers Fabian Barthez and Tim Howard (both 73 percent).
Even more impressive is the time required by United's opposition to score past the ex-Wigan custodian.
On average, Carroll has been beaten just once for every 160 minutes played, and massive 67 minutes more than any of his United team-mates.
The table below contains all Premiership data for the last five seasons.
|Player||Games||Saves||Goals Conceded||Clean Sheets||Save %||Mins per Goal|
|van der Gouw||25||29||23||4||56%||75|