David De Gea says he’s delighted his February performances have earned him the ManUtd.com Player of the Month award.
The Spanish stopper kept three clean sheets in five games and turned in Man of the Match displays away at Fulham and, most memorably, Real Madrid.
That game at the Bernabeu was even described by some media outlets as De Gea’s “coming of age” moment and drew praise from those who had previously been among his harshest critics.
United fans have always been behind the goalkeeper, though, and they voted in their thousands across the club's seven language websites in our end-of-month poll. De Gea collected 57 per cent of the vote, ahead of Rafael (21 per cent) and Ryan Giggs (12 per cent). Michael Carrick, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand shared the remaining votes.
It’s the third time De Gea has won the Player of the Month award since joining the Reds at the beginning of the 2011/12 season. No other United player has won it more often in that period.
"It’s very good to have the support of the fans, so I’m happy to win this award," De Gea told ManUtd.com. "I can hear the supporters during the games so I know they’re singing about me. I’m very grateful for that."
De Gea was loathe to take all the credit for his award, however, and was quick to acknowledge those who play in front of him, while revealing his favourite save of the period came at the Bernabeu.
"I think we’ve been very good in defence as a whole and have been keeping some clean sheets," he added.
"I think my favourite save from the last month was definitely the one with my left hand against Real Madrid, when I pushed Fabio Coentrao’s shot against a post."