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Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea reacts to winning Golden Glove award

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has officially won the Premier League’s Golden Glove award for 2022/23.

The Red Devils defeated Bournemouth 1-0 this afternoon, putting them just a whisker away from securing Champions League qualification.

De Gea kept his 17th clean sheet of the season in today’s win, which ensured he would be the outright winner of the prestigious award.

He last won the Golden Glove in the 2017/18 season.

Liverpool’s Allison has 14 clean sheets, but he won’t catch De Gea’s tally as the Reds have only one league fixture remaining this term.

After the victory over Bournemouth, he was asked what the award meant to him.

He said to MUTV (via Manchester Evening News): “It means myself and the team did really well.

“Especially in the defensive side, we have been very solid the whole season and I think we played really good the whole season.

“I’ve helped the team as much as I can, keeping some good clean sheets and you know when you keep clean sheets, we are closer to winning games and today, we keep another one, a big one and a massive three points.

“We are closer to finishing in the top four and that’s very good for us. 

“I think it’s been a great season for me, some very good teams in the league, some very good goalkeepers and it’s great. I try always my best to help the team.”

David De Gea did well today but long-term doubts persist

The experienced stopper was made to work for his clean sheet as the Cherries were eager to get something from the game.

He made a good stretching stop from Dominic Solanke in the first half and later denied a one-on-one opportunity to Kieffer Moore.

De Gea has made a few high-profile errors this campaign, most notably against Sevilla and West Ham United. 

His recent costly blunders and the habit of kicking the ball long have put his long-term United future in doubt.

He is uncomfortable with the ball at his feet, as seen multiple times this term. 

Erik ten Hag wants to play possession-based football built up from the back. It is pivotal that the goalkeeper is a swift passer of the ball to keep his team in possession.

De Gea’s contract with United expires at the end of the next month. He is expected to sign a new deal with the 20-time Premier League champions, albeit on reduced terms.