David de Gea won the main two prizes at Manchester United’s end-of-season awards ceremony on Tuesday night.
The goalkeeper — who has played every minute of United’s Premier League campaign so far this season, keeping 17 clean sheets in 35 starts — picked up the Players’ Player of the Year trophy before scooping the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, as voted for by fans.
Tuesday’s ceremony saw players, WAGs and special guests turn out in force at Old Trafford. De Gea was in attendance alongside popstar girlfriend Edurne Garcia, who represented Spain at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Fellow Spaniard Juan Mata came with wife Evelina Kamph, while Ander Herrera’s partner Isabel Collado and Marcos Rojo’s partner Eugenia Lusardo donned club colours as they wore red outfits.
Matteo Darmian, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw were also accompanied by their WAGs.
Attendees at the event were given VIP treatment as they arrived via a red carpet.
Former players in attendance included Wes Brown and Sir Bobby Charlton, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivered a video message from Los Angeles.
Ibrahimovic, who left United to sign for LA Galaxy in March, said: ‘Hi guys, I hope you’re good. I see you’re doing well. You made it to the (FA Cup) final, which I like a lot – even if I’m not there.
‘Here everything is okay. I enjoy the sun every day and I think you guys also enjoy your weather. I want to say to all the fans: “I miss you. I miss playing at Old Trafford, seeing all the red shirts, I have great memories from there.” I want to thank everybody for the push, the energy, the adrenaline you gave me.
‘I want to thank my team-mates also because they have been fantastic and you made it easy for me, especially the first year and even the second (albeit) from a different point of view.
‘Coach (Jose Mourinho), I miss you also. You’re doing well, you know what you need to do to win so there is no secret behind it and I hope you win the final. I hope the mentality continues from the last year and I just want to make sure everything is all right and good but I can see it so I’m not worried.
‘My player of the year, I would say, David de Gea, even if a goalkeeper shouldn’t get Player of the Year but he has had a fantastic year like all the other years and he continues that high level of performance, so that is my vote. So please keep going, take care and I wait for you guys in LA for the preparation. All the best. Peace and love.’
Mourinho caused a shock later in the evening when he presented Scott McTominay with the Manager’s Player of the Year award.
Explaining his choice, Mourinho said: ‘I think the dream of every boy that arrives in the club is to play for the first team.
‘And when the dream becomes true the next dream is to play big matches and to play in the Champions League and eventually to play for the national team.
‘This player did everything in five or six months. So my Player of the Year has got be Scott McTominay.’
McTominay responded: ‘A huge thank you to the manager for what he’s done for me, both on and off the pitch. He’s been an incredible figure for me.
‘It’s been an incredible year for me and I want to keep pushing forward now.’
Nemanja Matic won the Goal of the Season prize for his late screamer in United’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace in March. Midfielder Matic was joined at the ceremony by glamorous wife Aleksandra.
Michael Carrick, who was accompanied on the night by wife Lisa, was presented with a special recognition award for his service to United. Carrick, who will retire from playing to focus on a coaching role this summer, has made more than 300 Premier League appearances for the club.
Mourinho, after presenting Carrick with his award, said: ‘A big player is leaving, but a big man is staying.’