It’s amazing that it has taken this long for David de Gea to win a Golden Glove Award. It was made official today, the Manchester United #1 has now earned his first ever Premier League goalkeeper of the season award. It was certainly expected, once the Madrid native was named the PFA Team of Year’s goalkeeper, but it’s still astounding that it’s taken him this long to be awarded this honor.
De Gea doesn’t just save United literally, over and over again. He’s saved them metaphorically, consistently, over the course of these past few years.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United has been very up and down, and on occasion, turned in some very dreadful single game performances. Quite often, we’ve seen De Gea bail the Red Devils out, snatching three points from an effort that should have yielded one; or zero.
De Gea is happy and proud of his accomplishment, and rightly so. “It feels good, it is my first Golden Glove award. I am really happy for that. It means we defended well in this league, I am happy for me and happy for the team,” De Gea was quoted by MUTV, the club’s official website.
“It is for everyone, it is a team award, not just for the goalkeeper. It’s good for me but I am also happy for the team.”
At United, Spain’s #1 has grown from a boy to a man, and manager Jose Mourinho has certainly taken notice. The Spaniard’s skill set certainly complements a defensive-minded boss like Mourinho quite well.
“David has been terrific, but the Golden Glove is about the team and not about somebody analyzing the goalkeeper,” he said
“And deciding this is the best goalkeeper of the Premier League. It is about clean sheets and they are about the team. Obviously, we are all very happy for David and it is a great team achievement.”
Heading into championship Sunday, i.e. the final game of the season, De Gea has 18 clean sheets, which is two more than his next closest competitor. There are many who believe De Gea is the best goalie in the entire world right now. This award at least acknowledges him as the finest #1 in England, for 2017-18.
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