Wednesday 20 May 2015

Club awards night 2015: De Gea's double and LVG steals the show

David De Gea was voted both the Players Player and Supporters Player of the Year for the second year in succession at the club awards night on Tuesday.

If this is De Gea's last act as a United player, then it's a fitting way to bow out as he's been influential in helping the club return to the Champions League.

Whilst other players have stepped up and the team as a whole have enjoyed a better campaign than 12 months ago, there can be no arguments that De Gea has again been simply outstanding between the sticks for the Reds.
He's won United so many games but his performances against Everton, Newcastle and Stoke, to name but three, meant he has more than merited the award. 

Juan Mata was also recognised, with the Spaniard's brilliantly acrobatic scissor kick at Anfield voted as our Goal of the Season in a fans poll.

Andreas Pereira was voted as Player of the Year for the Under 21s team and Axel Tuanzebe won the same award for United's Under 18 side. 

The event is always a prestigious occasion, and the highlight for many this year was manager Louis van Gaal's eccentric speech to wrap up proceedings.
The Dutchman playfully clipped Ryan Giggs around the head having been outbid by the Welshman in an auction for a round of gold with former United striker Dwight Yorke.

Earlier, during seven brilliant minutes, LVG praised the spirit and "amazing effort" of the players before declaring his side "could have been champions" and were "very close" to Chelsea despite a 15 point deficit.
Recalling a team meeting in which skipper Wayne Rooney had called for a strong finish to the season, LVG then exuberantly bellowed "yes" and punched the air.
Then, with MUTV presenter Jim Rosenthal concluding, there was an LVG encore. 

Grabbing the microphone, he shouted:

"Hello, hello, pay attention to the manager", before admonishing those present for not applauding the female saxophonist, whom the manager labelled 'fantastic'.

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