English Premiership

De Gea named Man United Player of the Year

David De Gea.(Getty Images)
David De Gea.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - David De Gea has been crowned the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for 2017/18, as voted for by Manchester United fans.

The Spanish stopper has now won it more times than any other player in United’s history. It’s the fourth time in five seasons that De Gea has claimed the accolade.

After becoming the first player to win it in three consecutive seasons between 2014 and 2016.

There were more than 107 000 votes, with De Gea receiving two thirds of the final count (67%). Jesse Lingard came second (10%), while Romelu Lukaku was a close third (8%).

De Gea, who arrived in 2011, succeeds his compatriot Ander Herrera in receiving the trophy.He also leads the race for the Premier League's golden glove award with 17 clean sheets.

The former Atletico Madrid stopper also named the Player's Player of the Year as voted for by the United squad.

"It's difficult to say with words what Manchester United means for me," De Gea said. "For anyone, It's amazing to play for this club, with the history of this club, for the fans, for everything. It's amazing to be part of this club."

Nemanja Matic's injury-time winner against Crystal Palace in March was voted the Goal of the Season for 2017/18 in a fans poll.

"I'm happy," Matic said. "It's one more trophy for my small collection, my kids will also be very happy."

Jose Mourinho named Scott McTominay as the Manager's Player of the Year after the 21-year-old's breakthrough from the club's academy into the first team.

"I was going for Nemanja Matic but, when I understood, in the two awards for the young players, Scott was not getting one, I decided to change as it's not acceptable.

"So I thought this kid cannot go home without an award, so he's going to get my award."

Tahith Chong won the Youth-Team Player of the Year award after a stellar campaign across Manchester United's younger age groups.

Lastly Michael Carrick won a special recognition award with the club's captain set to retire at the end of the season. He was given a set of gifts including a whistle and headache tablets for his new coaching role by Mourinho.

"I have to admit that one of the most difficult things in my 18 years as a manager is, when a big player is leaving, it is always very sad," said Jose. "So this time we try to do it in a way where I am not sad. A big player is leaving but a big man is staying.

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