Photo: Man United’s David De Gea ‘honoured’ by PFA nominations

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea reacts to his PFA nominations on Instagram

David De Gea says he is “honoured” to be nominated for the PFA player of the year and young player of the year awards.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was one of the standout performers for Louis van Gaal’s struggling side in the first half of the season.

England and Nottingham Forest legend Peter Shilton was the last shot stopper to win the prestigious accolade in 1978.

The United man faces competition from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Philippe Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez for the PFA player of the year award.

De Gea posted the above collage on his Instagram and wrote: “An honour to be nominated for @the_pfa awards Many thanks to all my teammates for making it possible!”

The Spain international has made 32 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils this season, racking up 2,880 first-team minutes.

De Gea has been heavily linked with a move to Champions League holders Real Madrid in recent months despite talks with United over a new long-term deal.

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The Spanish shot stopper, who won the Premier League title in 2012, moved to Old Trafford in a £18m deal from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

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