David de Gea was understandably chuffed after securing his first Golden Glove but the Manchester United custodian insisted the accolade wasn’t just for him, but the entire team instead.
“It feels good, it is my first Golden Glove award,” De Gea told MUTV after United’s 0-0 draw with West Ham United at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday night.
Personally, it’s been a rewarding season for the Spaniard as he has scooped the Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year award and the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award along with featuring in the PFA Team of the Year.
“I am really happy for that. It means we defended well in this league, I am happy for me and happy for the team. 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.”
Collectively, however, United have failed to impress as they secured second spot in the Premier League but the gap between themselves and champions Manchester City is a massive 19 points and that has chafed the Red Devils faithful to no end.
“David has been terrific,” United manager Jose Mourinho stated as he echoed his custodian’s comments by adding, “But the Golden Glove is about the team and not about somebody analysing the goalkeeper, and deciding this is the best goalkeeper of the Premier League.”
Considering de Gea is among the best goalkeepers in the world, it’s been a surprise to see him win the Golden Glove in his seventh season at Old Trafford.
“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.”
The Spaniard custodian joined the Red Devils in 2011 and has gone on to make over 300 appearances since then, overcoming a difficult start to emerge as a worthy replacement to Edwin van der Sar.