Why David De Gea is a strong contender to win PFA Player of the Year

David Gea saves against Sunderland

Manchester United have not convinced many this season but David De Gea has been their stand-out performer.

Manchester United had goalkeeper David De Gea to thank once again for their 1-0 victory over Newcastle United on Wednesday.

The Spanish stopper was in inspired form, first denying Emmanuel Riviere from close range before smartly stopping a Papiss Cisse header from creeping inside the post.

But De Gea’s display is by no means a one off; he has been a shining light all year and is now considered by many as one of the best goalkeepers in world football.

He has won United points on his own with a series of saves at crucial moments in Premier League matches.

To give a statistic, only Everton (29) have made more defensive errors this term than the Red Devils (26) but while 14 of the Toffees’ mistakes have led to goals, just two of United’s have.

The Red Devils have struggled defensively all season and if it wasn’t for De Gea, they would probably not be in pole position in the race for Champions League football.

The Spaniard’s displays have been so good that he must surely be in with a shout of winning the coveted PFA Player of the Year award.

There have been a number of strong individual performers this season, namely Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, but De Gea has arguably been more important to United than those two have been to their respective clubs.

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