David De Gea has had his best season at Manchester United and should be rewarded for that

David De Gea has had a great season at Manchester United. In fact, it has been the best season for him since signing from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011. Back then, the Spaniard had some big gloves to fill and it nearly never fell into place. De Gea was prone to mistakes and sections of the clubs support showed no patience with him, something that struck a season and a half later when he started to impress. Since then, De Gea has been the recipient of the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award three times.

The Spanish number one was the first goalkeeper to win the award in the 2013/14 season, retaining the award the following season, making it a hat-trick the season after – the first player to ever do that. De Gea was nominated for the PFA Player’s Player of the Year award, which was awarded to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah on Sunday evening, also with the shot-stopper being named in the PFA Team of the Season. The Spaniard will also be a shoe-in for a fourth Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award too.

This season, De Gea has kept a total of 21 clean sheets in all competitions, achieving 20 clean sheets in a single season in the past. 17 of the clean sheets are in the Premier League alone, where De Gea is currently two ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson, with four matches to play. De Gea, in an interview with Premier League Productions, which was also published by the official Manchester United website, spoke about the season so far, in which United could still win the Emirates FA Cup, making more progress from last season.

“Yeah, I’m pretty pleased with my performance. It’s been a fairly complete, all round set of performances from me.

“I’ve felt good, felt fit and in good form physically throughout the season. Let’s hope that these last few games to go before the end of the season continue the form, then leading into the World Cup, which is an important time for Spain.”

The 27-year-old, who has been linked with Real Madrid during every summer transfer window since his move to the Spanish capital collapsed on deadline day in 2015, has been one of the main factors in United achieving as much as they have this season. United have improved this season. Many say the style of play holds the club back, it does but there has still been a massive improvement with United drawing fewer matches, winning more and scoring more goals, also being the second best defence in the Premier League. Small steps but a definite improvement.

In the Emirates FA Cup this season, which United made the final of by beating Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening, they conceded their first goal in the match, Dele Alli’s opener in the 11th minute. Previously, United had scored ten times in the four matches they had played. United will face Chelsea in the final of the competition on Saturday 19th May 2018. De Gea feels that Jose Mourinho has played a big part by inspiring his team to win this season, especially in the big games, against the top six in the League, which has improved from last season. De Gea said:

“We’ve got a great manager. He’s very experienced, he’s won everything there is to win in the game. What he is really good at is transmitting his winning mentality to the group.

“However, at the end of the day, it’s down to ourselves – the players on the field. It is us who make the saves, create the chances and score the goals. So, as a group, we’ve got to get that level of consistency and quality throughout the season.”

De Gea has been impressive for the majority of the season, has made 108 saves in the Premier League alone, making no errors which have led to a goal, which is great for a goalkeeper. The Spanish number one, ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, will want to end the season on a high. The club is still in second place in the Premier League table, another improvement from last season where they finished sixth. Finishing the season with another trophy would be great for both De Gea and United.

The Sir Matt Busby Players of the Year award will be handed out before the season comes to a close with De Gea likely to be one of those players mentioned in the final list of players. However, unlike the 2013/14, 2014/15. and 2015/16 season, there have been a number of players who have helped to contribute this season. Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, and Marcus Rashford are just three of those who the Spaniard could be up against. Whether he wins the award or not, he should be proud of his achievements this season, as should the rest of the squad.

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