De Gea: Why this has been my best season yet
David De Gea believes the current campaign has been the best of his seven seasons at Manchester United to date.
The Spanish stopper, who arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has been in magnificent form once again in 2017/18 – which has been recognised with his inclusion in the PFA Team of the Season for a fifth time and being nominated for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, eventually won by Liverpool’s Mo Salah.
De Gea has already kept 21 clean sheets in all competitions this term, more than in any other season at the club, and is 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 leads the way with 17 shut-outs – two ahead of Manchester City’s Brazilian stopper Ederson – with four games left to play.
In an interview with Premier League Productions, De Gea was asked if this season has been his best in a United shirt. The 27-year-old replied:
“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.”
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The Reds have been in fine form recently, winning a number of big games, and have an Emirates FA Cup final against Chelsea next month to look forward to.
De Gea feels Jose Mourinho has been key in inspiring those impressive victories and one of the manager’s best qualities is transmitting his winning mentality to the squad – which the keeper feels is important in order to sustain a Premier League title challenge next term.
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“We’ve got a great manager,” De Gea said.
“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, who made history by becoming the first man to claim the historic Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year trophy in three successive seasons, is among the frontrunners to win the accolade again this term but is likely to face stiff competition from a number of team-mates.
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