David de Gea named Premier League Player of the Month award for January becoming first goalkeeper to receive prize in SIX years… as Wolves boss Bruno Lage wins Manager of the Month after three straight victories
- David De Gea has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month
- The Spaniard produced some excellent displays for his club throughout January
- Fraser Forster was the last goalkeeper to win the prize back in February 2016
- It marks the first time he has won the award since joining Manchester United
David de Gea has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month, becoming the first goalkeeper to win the award in six years.
The 31-year-old made 22 saves across four games for Manchester United in January, helping them move up into the top four of the Premier League.
Southampton’s Fraser Forster was the last keeper to win the prize back in February 2016.
Goalkeeper David de Gea has been named as January’s Premier League Player of the Month
In a mixed month for Manchester United the Spanish keeper impressed with some top displays
Bruno Lage clinched Manager of the Month after Wolves took three straight victories
It marks the first time that De Gea has been awarded the Premier League’s Player of the Month in his 11-year spell at Manchester United.
De Gea topped a six-man January shortlist that featured Jarrod Bowen, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Harrison, Joao Moutinho and James Ward-Prowse.
Meanwhile, Wolves boss Bruno Lage has picked up the Manager of the Month gong after taking three straight victories in January.
De Gea made a string of crucial saves against Wolves at the start of the month, before Moutinho’s 82nd minute winner.
Wolves then went on to take an impressive 3-1 victory against Southampton which they followed with a 2-1 triumph against Brentford.
Their impressive form has seen them jump up to eighth in the table – just four points behind fourth place United while also having a game in hand.
Though De Gea kept just one clean sheet in January, much like the rest of the season, De Gea produced a number of stellar performances in January.
United kept just one clean sheet in January but De Gea produced a number of excellent displays
The month started with a 1-0 defeat against Wolves in a game which De Gea made a string of crucial saves to keep the Red Devils in the game before Moutinho’s 82nd minute winner.
De Gea again made a number of excellent saves despite Aston Villa coming from two goals down to get a point against the Red Devils.
The Spaniard was kept busy in the first-half against Brentford who could have been two or three goals up at the break, before United put the Premier League new boys to the sword with three goals in the second-half.
Southampton’s Fraser Forster was the last keeper to win the award back in February 2016
Lage’s (centre) side are now just four points off the Champions League spots in 8th
He then kept a clean sheet as United took a valuable 1-0 victory over West Ham to get a valuable three points in the battle for the Champions League spots.
In what has been a tough season for the Red Devils, De Gea has been arguably the club’s most reliable performer and United would arguably be in a worse off position if it wasn’t for the Spaniard.
Overall, De Gea has the most saves in the Premier League this season. His total of 84 is 13 more than his nearest challenger Illan Meslier