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David de Gea was at the double at Manchester United’s awards ceremony, when he was named United’s Players’ Player of the Season and Fans’ Player of the Season.
The 24-year-old has been in exemplary form throughout the season, aiding his side back to the Champions League. And although his future at the club is unsure, with Real Madrid circling for his signature, de Gea’s efforts for the club didn’t go unrecognized.
And by triumphing for the Sir Matt Busy Player of the Year (fans’ player of the year), he became just the fourth player in the Red Devils’ history to win it on two successive occasions, joining the elite list of Roy Keane, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo.
After being presented with his award by captain Wayne Rooney, de Gea said, “I want to say thank you to my teammates, they have been fantastic this season.”
“We have a great dressing room and I would like to say thank you very much.”
United manager, Louis van Gaal meanwhile, admitted that he was impressed by de Gea’s development this season, acknowledging his deserved double.
“I think he is popular with the fans”
“In the beginning of the season I observed him, I analyzed him and then I saw his progress this season.
“I have to say it is a fantastic development from him. As a manager, you look at it from that perspective and that is why David De Gea has impressed me the most.” the Dutchman told MUTV.
Apart from the player of the season, there were three more winners on the night.
De Gea’s compatriot Juan Mata won the Goal of the Season accolade, for his sumptuous overhead volley against Liverpool at Anfield.
“I am very happy,” he said. “It was a very important moment in the game. It was a great pass from Angel [Di Maria], he saw my run and I just tried to take it first time – luckily it went in.
19-year-old Brazilian sensation Andreas Pererira, who signed a new contract earlier this month, won the Denzil Haroun U21’s Player of the Year award for his scintillating displays with the reserves. The Belgium-born Brazil U-20 International also made his first-team debut this season, and was voted ahead of his teammates Donald Love and Liam Grimshaw.
Pereira is currently away with national duty, but conveyed his message through a video recording.
“I want to thank first of all the fans who voted for me. I want to thank all the coaches and the staff who helped me and I want to thank Warren [Joyce] and all the reserve team because they were very important for me to win this trophy. I congratulate them as well on winning the Under-21s league. I’m very honoured to win this trophy and hopefully I can do well next season. Thank you.”
On the academy front, captain Axel Tuanzebe baggedthe Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award. The 17-year-old powerful central defender lead Paul McGuinness’ side from the front, making 29 appearances, and also tasting a level up, making three substitute appearances for the Reserves.
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