We asked all our readers to vote for their Manchester United player of the year for the calendar year 2014. David De Gea was a clear winner with 80% of your votes and Wayne Rooney came 2nd with 13%, with Michael Carrick in 3rd place with 5%. I think if all Manchester united fans are honest there was only ever going to one winner in this vote. David has been a consistent performer for United over the whole Year. Whereas I feel Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick didn’t have the best start to the year but have been consistent performers for the club in the first half of this season. Especially Carrick, who I feel has been instrumental in our current 10 game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
David De Gea has really improved since he first joined the club in the summer of 2011, for his first few seasons at the club a lot of so called experts were questioning Sir Alex Ferguson decision to spend around £19million on the young Spaniard. When he first joined the club he had the task of replacing Edwin Van Der Saar between the sticks for Manchester United. Unfairly his early performances were compared to those Edwin had been putting in for United in the previous six seasons. This was unfair because Edwin joined United as the finished article and had the Experience of playing in the top competitions for club and country.
When David De Gea first arrived at Old Trafford, he was a scrawny 20 year-old who was targeted by Premier League teams for lack of physical presence especially from set-pieces and crosses into the United area. A lot of teams would put players in front of De Gea from attacking set-pieces and De Gea struggled to deal with this for a long time. From the moment he joined the club they knew they would have improve his and strength if he was going to be a success in England. He was put on a gym programme to improve this and you could clearly see it was working. He says he still follows a programme in the gym but it’s much more reduced now.
Over time United’s opponents realised that the tactic of placing players on top of De Gea at set-pieces wasn’t having an effect because of De Gea improved size and strength and also he was becoming more commanding of his and didn’t let opponents intimidate him. The 2013/14 season was David De Gea best in a United shirt despite the team struggling under David Moyes. Manchester United were struggling to recapture the form they had under Sir Alex Ferguson with De Gea being a stand out player for a poor United Team and saved his team on numerous occasions. 2014 has seen David De Gea stake a claim to called the best goalkeeper in the world. He won the club’s Players and Fans players of the Year awards.
Since the start of this his performances have improved even on last season, with him earning United a lot of points so far. You probably wouldn’t see United sitting in 3rd place in the Premier League if it wasn’t for having De Gea between the sticks. He made several top-class saves in the game Everton at Old Trafford as United held on for a 2-1 victory and also made two saves in the dying minutes against Stoke City at Old Trafford as once again United held onto a 2-1 lead. Many will point to United’s recent game against Liverpool at Old Trafford. A game which United won 3-0 but could have easily have drawn or even lost the game if it wasn’t for De Gea. De Gea made a crucial save early in the game and 30 seconds later United had taken the lead in the game.
David De Gea Best Saves of 2014/15 Season So Far
I think its fair to say that De Gea will be one of the major contenders in the Manchester United side for the clubs Players and Fans players of Year awards. I don’t think anyone would have any argument with De Gea being a front runner for the PFA Players player of Year awards and also the Sports Writers player of the year award. De Gea has 18 months left on his contract at Old Trafford and a lot of fans are hoping that the club ties De Gea to a long term contract at Old Trafford and ward off any interest from Real Madrid.