Why Mourinho will not be happy De Gea won United’s POTY award again
In Jose Mourinho’s first season at Manchester United, he revealed he was not a fan of goalkeepers winning player of the year awards.
David De Gea had picked up the award for the third consecutive year when Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford, and the new manager said that sent out an alarming message about where United were at.
“’I think when a goalkeeper is a player of the season, it’s because something is wrong,” said Mourinho.
“Season after season, if the goalkeeper is player of the season, it means that something is wrong.”
So it was tempting to wonder what Mourinho was thinking at Old Trafford on Tuesday night when De Gea was presented with the Sir Matt Busby trophy for the fourth time in five years, as well as the players’ player of the year accolade.
De Gea, in fairness, has been outstanding this season, maintaining the extraordinary standard that has seen him become arguably the best goalkeeper in world football, certainly the most consistent in terms of performance level.
The Spain No.1 is leading the race for a first Golden Glove award, handed to the keeper with the most Premier League clean sheets, and has produced a succession of breathtaking saves this season to underline his status as one of United’s most important players.
But for Mourinho, the announcement of De Gea as the player of the season, one in which the United boss has stressed how much progress he and his players have made in his second season in charge, will surely have been a jarring experience.
Earlier in the evening, Mourinho had awarded his own player of the year gong, to young midfielder Scott McTominay, who he felt deserved recognition for having started the season in the club’s academy and breaking into the first-team on a regular basis.
Mourinho revealed he was torn between giving the award to McTominay or the youngster’s more experienced midfield colleague, Nemanja Matic, who has excelled in his first season in charge following his £40million move from Chelsea.
There were other worthy contenders, including Romelu Lukaku, who proved he was able to handle the step up to a big club following his £75m switch from Everton, by plundering 27 goals in his debut campaign, while Ashley Young was also deserving of a shout, having reinvented himself as a left-back and produced on a consistent basis. Jesse Lingard’s energy, exuberance and knack of scoring key goals also made him one of United’s stand-out performers.
As superb as De Gea has been this season, Matic, understated but hugely influential, would have been my choice for the Player of the Year. United have lacked a player of his stature, composure and experience in central midfield and he has been an ever-present this season, keeping everything ticking over in the middle and providing the platform for others to flourish.
He has started all but one of United’s Premier League games this season and has been a key factor in the undoubted progress Mourinho’s side have made this season, even if they do trail champions Manchester City by a considerable points distance.
Matic was certainly my choice for United’s Player of the Season, for his consistency and influence on the side throughout the campaign.
While De Gea’s brilliance is unquestionable, it sends out the wrong message if your keeper is consistently seen as your key player, just as Mourinho pointed out in his debut season at Old Trafford.
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