De Gea would love to extend record
Although team prizes in the future remain the priority for Manchester United no.1 David De Gea, the keeper admits it would be an honour if he comes out on top once again in the club's Player of the Year awards.
The 31-year-old has lifted the Sir Matt Busby trophy on four occasions already – in 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2017/18.
He also landed the Players' Player of the Year accolade in three of those seasons and, although reiterating his frustration on Friday about our European exit, there is no doubting his credentials again this time around.
David has won four of the seven Player of the Month trophies this term, as voted by the club's supporters, and is clearly a strong contender to come out on top when the overall voting takes place.
Although showing his great disappointment when speaking after the Champions League loss to his former club Atletico Madrid, De Gea was asked about the individual prize during a Fans' Q&A interview that took place before the round-of-16 second leg.
It is obvious such personal recognition must be a source of great pride, as he holds the record for the most wins of the Sir Matt Busby trophy, ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo on three, with Bruno Fernandes having secured back-to-back victories in 2019/20 and 2020/21.
When UK-based fan Blake asked if David was aware of how big an achievement it would be to come out on top again, the Spaniard replied: “Yes, of course, it’s very special for me. I appreciate a lot the love of the fans and the support and, if I can win another one, it will be absolutely amazing.
“But, to be honest, the first thing is to try to win big trophies as a team. That is the most important thing.
“Of course [f you win, it means] you did a great season with great consistency and this is the most difficult thing in football, being very consistent. It would be, like I say, amazing to win it again, so let’s try.”
Obviously, the award will be based on the entire season's efforts, even if it is hoped there will be some memorable contributions across the team in the run-in as United strive to finish in a top-four place in the Premier League.
“Yeah, I think, the whole season, I have been in a very good mode,” our keeper added. “I’ve been playing at a high level, helping the team as much as I can. It’s true that sometimes people can forget the first games but I give 100 per cent every game and I think I’m doing very well this season and let’s finish properly as well.”
Look out for the full Fans' Q&A with David on our official club channels next week.