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De Gea: Tough season for Man Utd - but personally I'm very proud

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is determined to end the season on a winning note at Crystal Palace.

The marquee summer additions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane increased expectations around a club that finished as Premier League and Europa League runners-up last season.

But a wretched start to the campaign led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's November sacking, with interim successor Ralf Rangnick failing in his goal of rallying the troops and sealing Champions League qualification.

“We know (this season has) been difficult," United's number one said ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park, where new manager Erik ten Hag will be watching.

“But at least just for [the fans) and for our pride (we will) try to win the game.

“(I want to) at least give a win for the fans because they have been absolutely amazing for the whole season and it's great to have them at every single game."

The 31-year-old's future had looked unclear after Dean Henderson's emergence last season, but he has reacted brilliantly to that competition and his key penalty miss in the Europa League shoot-out loss to Villarreal.

“It will always have been a tough season for us, but I am very proud of my season, to be honest," De Gea said.

I worked really hard in the summer to be here and be ready to play and show my qualities for the team.

“I think I did very well. I played very consistent this season and helped the team a lot."

So impressive have De Gea's performances been that he looks like a leading contender to win United's Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.

The Spain international has already won it on a record four occasions.

“Maybe it is one of my best seasons," he told MUTV. “I have had very good seasons before, but I think it has been a very good one."

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