Ronaldo snubbed by Man Utd team-mates in Player of the Year vote

Cristiano Ronaldo has been dealt a snub by his Manchester United team-mates after David de Gea claimed the Players' Player of the Year award.

Ronaldo and De Gea were the standout stars in a disastrous season for the Red Devils. But in the end-of-season awards, more of the Portuguese icon's team-mates opted for the Spanish shot-stopper in the prestigious award, which is decided based on votes from the whole squad.

United finished 13 points adrift of a top-four finish and a massive 35 points behind champions Manchester City in a dismal campaign that ended on a bleak note, with interim boss Ralf Rangnick leaving before his consultancy role began.

Ronaldo's sensational return could not propel United to a trophy or Champions League qualification, but it has still been a successful homecoming in Manchester for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner in terms of goalscoring.

The 37-year-old netted 18 Premier League goals this term, finishing behind just Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min in the Golden Boot race. He also claimed seven man-of-the-match awards and struck several clutch efforts to send United to the Champions League knockout stages.

But Ronaldo ultimately missed out on claiming yet more individual silverware as De Gea scooped the prize for the fourth time. De Gea won the same number of man-of-the-match awards as the forward and played every minute in the Premier League last season, despite expected competition from back-up goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

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United may have conceded 57 goals – the highest number in their Premier League history – across the woeful 2021-22 campaign but De Gea's brilliance saved the club's blushes further on a number of occasions.

The 31-year-old made crucial saves throughout the season to keep United alive in the top four race before they eventually dwindled to a sixth-place finish. His highlight of the campaign perhaps came in a last-minute penalty save to deny Mark Noble at West Ham which secured an important win.

New United boss Erik ten Tag will rely on experienced duo Ronaldo and De Gea as he begins his rebuild next season, but the Dutchman will need much-improved performances from a new-look squad if the Red Devils are to compete again.

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