David de Gea has fended off stiff competition to earn Manchester United fans’ Man of the Match vote for a sumptuous performance against Chelsea on Sunday.
The young Spaniard kept his side in the game with a string of crucial saves – including a world-class block against fellow countryman Fernando Torres – and scooped the award despite conceding two goals.
The former Athletico Madrid goalkeeper earned more than 50% of the vote and beat of competition from Robin van Persie, who created and scored one to give the Reds an early 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge.
And despite suffering problems in their defence, defender Rio Ferdinand and Rafael da Silva joined Wayne Rooney in completing the top five as United claimed their first away victory against Chelsea in the league for more than a decade.
The fiery game has been marred by allegations that referee Mark Clattenburg racially abused Juan Mata and John Obi Mikel after sending off Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres.
The officials were also under fire after Javier Hernandez’s winner 15 minutes from time came from an offside position.
The FA are now inspecting the claims against Clattenburg who has been suspended from the Professional Game Match Officials for one week pending further investigation.