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David de Gea (second right) won the main two prizes at Manchester United’s end-of-season awards ceremony on Tuesday night. The goalkeeper — who has played every minute of United’s Premier League campaign so far this season, keeping 17 clean sheets in 35 starts — picked up the Players’ Player of the Year trophy before scooping the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, as voted for by fans. Tuesday’s ceremony saw players, WAGs and special guests turn out in force at Old Trafford.

De Gea was in attendance alongside popstar girlfriend Edurne Garcia, who represented Spain at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Fellow Spaniard Juan Mata came with wife Evelina Kamph, while Ander Herrera’s partner Isabel Collado and Marcos Rojo’s partner Eugenia Lusardo donned club colours as they wore red outfits.

Matteo Darmian, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw were also accompanied by their WAGs. Jesse Lingard did not bring a female companion but appeared to be having a good time as he shared a video on Instagram.

The footage featured a smiling Marcus Rashford, but Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini looked less excited. Attendees at the event were given VIP treatment as they arrived via a red carpet.

Former players in attendance included Wes Brown and Sir Bobby Charlton, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivered a video message from Los Angeles. Ibrahimovic, who left United to sign for LA Galaxy in March, said: ‘Hi guys, I hope you’re good. I see you’re doing well.

You made it to the (FA Cup) final, which I like a lot – even if I’m not there. ‘Here everything is okay. I enjoy the sun every day and I think you guys also enjoy your weather. I want to say to all the fans: “I miss you. I miss playing at Old Trafford, seeing all the red shirts, I have great memories from there.”

I want to thank everybody for the push, the energy, the adrenaline you gave me. ‘I want to thank my team-mates also because they have been fantastic and you made it easy for me, especially the first year and even the second (albeit) from a different point of view.

‘Coach (Jose Mourinho), I miss you also. You’re doing well, you know what you need to do to win so there is no secret behind it and I hope you win the final. -DAILYMAIL

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