Confirmed: David de Gea wins Premier League Golden Glove for 2022-23 despite numerous critics as Man Utd man beats Alisson to goalkeeper award
- De Gea wins major award
- Alisson can no longer catch Spaniard
- Second time De Gea has won prize
WHAT HAPPENED? De Gea has won the Premier League Golden Glove after Alisson conceded against Aston Villa, meaning he can only keep 14 clean sheets this term. De Gea has kept 16 - prior to the game against Bournemouth - and still has two games of the season to play, a game more than the Brazilian.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: De Gea, who also won the award in the 2017/18 season, has struggled somewhat this season and has come in for criticism for a number of high-profile errors, most recently against West Ham. Bruno Fernandes has even made a point of defending his team-mate in the past, while United are still thought to be in the market for goalkeeper this summer to compete with the Spaniard. Borussia Dortmund's Gregor Kobel appears to be a top target.
WHAT THEY SAID: Speaking on his achievement after the match, De Gea told reporters of his pride: “It means that myself and the team did really well. I think the team, especially in the defensive side, we’ve been pretty solid the whole season. I think I’ve played very good this whole season in helping the team as best as I can. Today we kept a big clean sheet, a massive three points, we’re more close to finishing in the top four, so that’s very good for us. There are some very good goalies there [in the Premier League] so it [winning the Golden Glove award] feels good."
Ten Hag showered the praise on his goalkeeper for his performances this season, adding: "David de Gea made a mistake a few weeks ago but everyone can make mistakes. We defend with 11, that's why we have so many clean sheets. David made some great saves."
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WHAT NEXT FOR DE GEA? He appears likely to sign a new contract at United, although it remains to be seen if he will be first-choice next season, despite his impressive clean sheet record this campaign.