Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea, who arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2011, win the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award four times succeeds his compatriot Ander Herrera in receiving the trophy, having enjoyed yet another outstanding campaign for the Reds.
De Gea – who won United’s Player of the Month award back in February – has established himself as arguably the world’s best goalkeeper, while cementing the no.1 jersey for both club and country.
The Spanish international won the award in three consecutive seasons between 2013 and 2016, thus tying with previous record holder Cristiano Ronaldo but was pipped to the award by fellow Spaniard Ander Herrera last season.
De Gea is also on course to claim a first Golden Glove – the award given to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in a Premier League campaign. He currently leads the way with 17 shut-outs – two ahead of Manchester City’s Brazilian stopper Ederson.
The 27-year-old has kept an impressive 17 Premier League clean sheets this season, making 110 saves in 35 league appearances. Astoundingly, half of the saves that David De Gea has made this season have been from shots within the penalty area.
The goalkeeper has already kept 21 clean sheets in all competitions this term, more than in any other season at the club, with three league games and the Emirates FA Cup final against Chelsea still to come.
“It’s difficult to say with words what Manchester United means for me,” he said. “For anyone. It’s amazing to play for this club, with the history of this club, for the fans, for everything. It’s amazing to be part of this club.
“It was a bit hard at the beginning but I believed in myself and I work hard and train hard and, until now, I am proud of myself too. Of course, I want to say thanks to everyone. I didn’t expect to win one but now I have won it four times so it’s amazing for me. Thank you.”