Jose Mourinho: I think David de Gea was deserving of personal awards

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has insisted he believes David de Gea was the right choice for the player of the year award.

The Spaniard was honoured at the club’s private ceremony and was rightfully hailed by fans as the correct winner ahead of the likes of Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku.

The Englishman had a breakthrough season in terms of how he’s gone from a useful squad player to a regular first team player.

Lukaku has had his own outstanding debut season but unfortunately De Gea’s regular and consistently high performances meant the award wasn’t handed to him.

Mourinho was obviously present at the ceremony and handed the goalkeeper a well deserved personal trophy to add to his collection.

According to the Daily Mail, Jose said: “That’s good [De Gea being honoured]. David is having a very good season in the club so I don’t see it as a problem.

“Looking this season, there were a few other players that it wouldn’t be a bad choice for them to get the award. But I think David was very consistent.

“He had some almost iconic saves because they were so fantastic and beautiful, so I feel good with it. Messi and Ronaldo don’t give many chances but it is quite surprising that in the big international awards there is never a goalkeeper on them. Goalkeepers are fundamental in football teams.”

While it’s good to see the former Real Madrid boss happy, it does contradict what he first said when he moved to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho had said at the time that a goalkeeper winning player of the year award proves there’s something wrong with the team.

Ander Herrera won the first player of the year award in the Portuguese boss’ first season at the club but David’s outstanding form this season couldn’t be ignored.

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