David de Gea has expressed his desire to claim the Premier League ‘Golden Glove’ award for most clean sheets this season.
The Spaniard is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world but has never claimed the award, with Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech, Joe Hart the last three winners of the title.
But he currently leads the way this season with 15 clean sheets – just one behind the total required to claim the award in each campaign since 2013 – with Manchester City’s Ederson just one behind.
And De Gea, when asked about the honour, noted that winning it would be indicative of United’s strength at the back this season.
“Of course, I would love to win it, not just this year but every year,” he said. “I feel it’s a reflection of how well the team is defending as a whole when a goalkeeper wins an award like this.”
“I feel we have defended well as a team this season and it would be a trophy for my colleagues and all the lads, in particular those in defence who protect you.”
The last Manchester United keeper to claim the ‘Golden Glove’ was Edwin van der Sar in 2009 but De Gea was quite literally seconds away from winning it back in 2016.
All Man United needed to do against AFC Bournemouth was hold on to a 3-0 lead for a few more minutes, the life long gone from the contest in what was Louis van Gaal‘s last game at Old Trafford, only for Chris Smalling to inexplicably scuff a cross past him. The whistle blew moments after. You could see the sheer fury on De Gea’s face.
Supporters will just hope that, this time around, De Gea’s excellent work between the sticks is recognised with an award.