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29/04/2013 16:47, Report by Mark Froggatt

Key men: David De Gea

If the Player of the Year is the man who influenced most matches, then David De Gea is definitely among the leading contenders.

As we know, the media can be a fickle business and it came as no surprise to see those who once questioned United’s talented goalkeeper stampeding over each other to laud his superb performance at the Bernabeu. But in truth, the man from Madrid has excelled all season and at 22, looks destined for a long and distinguished reign at Old Trafford.

Yes, the scrutiny will always be intense, particularly at a club of this size, but he’s handled the pressure with tremendous grace and courage, like a matador baiting a raging bull.

As Eric Steele put it: “Any criticism goes off that quiff – that is the great thing about him.”

A cult hero amongst supporters, he has already taken home three ‘Player of the Month’ awards – a feat no other player has achieved this campaign.

Champagne moment: During a virtuoso display in the Bernabeu, two contrasting saves to deny Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao – one with his fingertips, the other via a telescopic leg – showed the world just what he is capable of on the biggest stage, earning plaudits from all corners.

Season in three words: Pressure, what pressure?

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