United experienced a dismal season under David Moyes, and whilst the Scot was sacked after just ten months in charge at Old Trafford, the Red Devils were still left to finish in seventh place - just one year on from winning the Premier League title under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
There were very few players to come out of the season with any credit, as even the likes of Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick - usually dependable players for United to call upon - had poor seasons, but one player to impress this term has been goalkeeper de Gea.
The Spaniard endured a rough start to his Manchester United career after arriving as Edwin van der Sar's replacement back in 2011, with the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper struggling to command his area and prone to errors throughout his introduction to English football.
But since then, the 23-year-old has been one of United's most consistent performers, often turning in superb displays to keep United in games, and those performances this season earned him the Player of the Year award. The future looks bright for de Gea at Old Trafford, but he has recently been linked with moves back to Spain with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
That has prompted United to look into extending the shot-stopper's contract by two years to 2018 - which could also see the goalkeeper earn up to £85,000-per-week, a huge jump from his current £52,000-per-week deal.
It's a superb turn of events for the goalkeeper who was much-derided upon his arrival to the Premier League, but there is a very legitimate case that the Spanish international is now the best goalkeeper in the division - and United are right to lock up their talent for years to come.