Players' Player of the Year announced

Friday 03 June 2022 12:00

The Manchester United squad has crowned David De Gea as the Players’ Player of the Year for 2021/22, following a season in which the Spaniard performed consistently and produced many sublime saves.

In what has been a tough campaign for our first team, the 31-year-old played every single minute of Premier League action and was regularly on hand to save his side.

De Gea accumulated a total of seven Man-of-the-Match awards during the campaign, with only Cristiano Ronaldo having claimed as many. The Spaniard also earned our Player-of-the-Month award for November, December and January.

The Players' Player award is viewed as a significant mark of respect from your team-mates and David should be proud of his efforts throughout 2021/22. 

Why De Gea is our Players' Player of the Year Video

Why De Gea is our Players' Player of the Year

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Of De Gea’s performances this season, his displays at home to Villareal and away to West Ham stand out.

United recorded a 2-1 win away to the Hammers, despite the hosts being awarded a penalty in injury time. Our Spanish goalkeeper stepped up to the challenge and repelled Mark Noble’s penalty to earn the Reds three points.

In the 2-1 Champions League win over Villareal at Old Trafford, it was once again De Gea who stole the headlines, producing some sublime saves to keep the score at 1-1 in the second half. The 33-year-old’s display laid the foundations for Ronaldo’s last-gasp winner against the Spanish side.

In 2017/18, the Spaniard became the first United player to be awarded our Players’ Player of the Year prize on three occasions, and he extends that record to four with this 2021/22 win.

Cristiano Ronaldo and last year’s winner Luke Shaw are joined by former winger Antonio Valencia as the only other players to have claimed the award more than once since its inception in 2006.

Players’ Player of the Year:

2005/06: Ryan Giggs 
2006/07: Cristiano Ronaldo 
2007/08: Cristiano Ronaldo 
2008/09: Nemanja Vidic 
2009/10: Wayne Rooney 
2010/11: Nani 
2011/12: Antonio Valencia 
2012/13: Michael Carrick 
2013/14: David De Gea 
2014/15: David De Gea 
2015/16: Chris Smalling 
2016/17: Antonio Valencia 
2017/18: David De Gea 
2018/19: Luke Shaw
2019/20: Anthony Martial
2020/21: Luke Shaw
2021/22: David De Gea

Congratulations on your fourth success, David, and keep up the good work.

Who is your Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for 2021/22?poll

Who is your Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for 2021/22?


The poll to name our Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year will close on Saturday morning, before the winner is officially announced. 

Have you registered your vote yet? Make sure you do via the poll above. 

We confirmed on Thursday morning that De Gea, Fred and Ronaldo are the top three contenders following their positive seasons on an individual basis. 

Thank you to everybody who has voted so far and look out for the winner on Saturday.