David de Gea makes FA Cup claim before final Premier League game

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GETTY Man City keeper Ederson has kept 16 clean sheets this season

David de Gea's first Golden Glove award is a fair reflection of how dour and defensive-minded Manchester United have become under Jose Mourinho.

And a third blank in their last five league games for United means champions Manchester City can seal another record by winning the league by at least 19 points if they win at Southampton tomorrow.

Speaking to the MUTV, Mourinho was quoted saying, 'David has been terrific, 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.

While United fell over the line in securing second place with a stalemate against West Ham on Thursday, there was reason for De Gea to celebrate.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is disappointed to have finished second in the Premier League, but is happy with his own form during the 2017-18 campaign.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United has been very up and down, and on occasion, turned in some very terrible single game performances.

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It is the first time the Spain global is claiming the prize, which is handed out each season to the goalkeeper who keeps the most clean sheets.

De Gea in a post-match interview said, "It feels good, it is my first Golden Glove award". De Gea made his debut for United in the summer of 2011 and has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the Reds.

If you asked any Manchester United fan at the start of the season if they'd be happy with at the prospect of 81 points in the Premier League and a place in the FA Cup final, they probably would have snapped your hand off. "I am really happy for that". "It is for everyone, it is a team award, not just for the goalkeeper".

"Of course, people will argue that they did not get close enough to City in the title race but, as far as I can see, this has been a very good season for them".

"They have plenty more to give - and the right man [Jose Mourinho] to get the best out of them".

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