Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has expressed his desire to cap a great individual year with FA Cup triumph against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The 25-year-old nearly left Old Trafford on transfer deadline day last summer but the move to Real Madrid was scuppered after the relevant paperwork was not completed on time.
However, after missing a couple of games at the start of the season he bounced back with show stopping performances and only lost the Golden Gloves award on the final day of the campaign courtesy a careless own goal from Chris Smalling in the 3-1 win against Bournemouth.
“It’s been the best season of my career,” said De Gea. “I’m in great shape physically and mentally I’m very focussed.
“If we win the FA Cup it will be a good season. We are all really keen to win such an important trophy for this club, our supporters and ourselves. We will fight to the end and do everything we can to win it.”
The Spain international said winning the FA Cup would prove the best possible way to end another tough season at Old Trafford and provide the platform for improved fortunes next term.
“We’ve had a couple of difficult seasons so we are really determined to win the cup,” he added.
“And winning it could provide us with that extra belief and motivation to hopefully go on and achieve great things.”
De Gea has won the Manchester United Player of the Year award for a record third straight time.