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De Gea closes in on Premier League 'Golden Glove'

Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper has kept 17 clean sheets in this league campaign and is on course to win the prize awarded for the most shut outs.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  David De Gea of Manchester United celebrates his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on April 29, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/G
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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is on the verge of securing an individual award, one that is the equivalent of the Golden Boot for those in the last line of defence.

Golden Glove for Spanish stopper

The Spaniard has been at Old Trafford for seven seasons and despite proving himself as a vital member of the Red Devils through a more challenging few years than they've been used to in recent times, this would be De Gea's first Golden Glove award.

Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.
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Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.GLYN KIRKAFP

The prize is awarded to the goalkeeper who has the most clean sheets across the league campaign. De Gea has a total of 17 matches without conceding and has three more games in which to add to that. Only three other keepers still have been close to catching him in the latter part of the season: Man City's Ederson (15), Spurs' Lloris (14) and Chelsea's Courtois (14).

Manchester United failed to stop Arsenal scoring on Sunday, despite the Gunners resting key players ahead of their Europa League second leg against Atlético Madrid but with Ederson also unable to collect another clean sheet, the status quo was maintained. With Mourinho's generally defensive style of play, and the undoubted class of De Gea, the 2018 Golden Glove already has a Spanish feel about it.

And with second place in the Premier League almost guaranteed, an FA Cup Final against Chelsea in May, and a summer's World Cup to play for, David could be celebrating much more.

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