MANCHESTER. – 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.