David De Gea has been shortlisted for the this year’s Professional Footballers’ Association’s Players’ Player of the Year award.
The Manchester United goalkeeper has been arguably the best interpreter of the role this season, appearing in all 32 league games they’ve played so far and conceding a mere 30 goals, a record bettered only by Chelsea and Southampton.
The other nominees are Diego Costa, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Alexis Sánchez.
Wayne Rooney has said he decided to deliver team talks as he felt the responsibility of captaining Manchester United and had to galvanise the team.
Louis van Gaal said Rooney’s team talk helped helped his side on to beat Tottenham last month, while Daley Blind said the 29-year-old rallied the troops ahead of last Sunday’s derby by speaking with them about previous derby defeats.
Luke Shaw has described Manchester United has the “biggest club around” but has admitted that his first season at Old Trafford has been frustrating.
Shaw joined United following a superb season with Southampton, which earned the 19-year-old a place in the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil, but has been plagued by injuries throughout this campaign.
Gary Neville has described Louis Van Gaal’s transformation of Wayne Rooney as a “fantastic achievement”, adding the Dutchman’s influence on the England captain was tangible.
After a spell as central midfielder this season, Rooney has been restored as centre-forward and he has been instrumental to United’s turnaround in fortunes over the last month.
Sergio Aguero slots the ball past David De Gea, adding to his seventh minute opener and quashing Manchester United’s slender hopes of leaving the 169th Manchester derby with a point.
As City fans celebrate a fourth consecutive win at Old Trafford, David Moyes slumps back in the dug-out, defiance caving in under the realisation that his two-season spell is about to come to an end.
Louis Van Gaal hailed Manchester United fans for generating one of the best atmospheres he’s ever experienced, adding that the patience they had shown earlier in the season was beginning to be rewarded.
Often criticised for a lack of atmosphere, Old Trafford was at its raucous best on Sunday as United came from behind to beat City 4-2 and cement their grip on a top four finish.
Ashley Young has said that Manchester United went into Sunday’s derby determined to “keep their noisy neighbours” quiet, adding that the team’s new-found confidence boded well for the future.
Having gone 1-0 down to an early Sergio Aguero goal, United responded is spectacular fashion, playing City off the park to clinch a deserved 4-2 win, only their third success in the last 10 derbies.
Manchester United clinched only their third win in 10 games against City on Sunday, as they bounced back from 1-0 down to win 4-2 as Louis Van Gaal’s men cemented their grasp on third place.
Here’s five things we learnt on Sunday.