Jose Mourinho's reason for not wanting David De Gea to win Player of the Year award again

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Regardless of where Manchester United finish in the Premier League this season, it's almost certainly not going to result in an overwhelming chorus of praise for their attacking players.

Jose Mourinho may boast the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial amongst his attacking ranks alone, but that hasn't come with goals.

Granted, Sanchez only joined from Arsenal in January - but has struck on just one occasion in the league since moving to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, their top league goalscorer, Lukaku, is only joint fifth in the Premier League with 13 goals - alongside Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Leicester's Jamie Vardy.

It's certainly short of the return Mourinho would have been expecting when the club forked out a huge initial fee of £75 million for the Belgian last summer.

And needless to say, Paul Pogba has yet to breathe confidence into United that he's beginning to re-pay his then-world record fee that the club paid for him at the start of Mourinho's tenure.

United stars firing too many blanks

The Red Devils have scored the fewest league goals out of the top four sides - ahead of Sunday's Premier League fixtures - and only marginally more than Arsenal and Chelsea who sit outside the top six.

But while Mourinho has yet to get a number of his lucrative signings firing on all cylinders as of yet, there remains to be plenty of praise at the back for David de Gea.

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The 27-year-old Spaniard continues to be one of United's most consistent performers and is on course to win his first Golden Glove this campaign - having kept 15 clean sheets so far this season.

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois has two less, in second, but it's De Gea's continuous hot form for United that is maintaining Real Madrid's interest in the Spain international.

And the United shot-stopper is on course to leapfrog Real's former United man, Cristiano Ronaldo, for the record amount of Player of the Year awards won at the Red Devils.

Accolade for De Gea wouldn't impress Mourinho 

De Gea has already won it on three occasions - although it was won by Ander Herrera last campaign - and according to the Mirror, Mourinho won't be happy if his 'keeper wins it again.

The Portuguese believes the Spaniard winning the award for a fourth time would further underline that his United side is giving up too many chances.

It was one of Mourinho's observations when interviewed for his current position by United chiefs in 2016 - that De Gea had already won the POTY award three times since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure.

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Although Mourinho would prefer De Gea not to pick up the individual accolade at the end of the season, he will be desperate for the goalkeeper to be tied down to a new deal soon rather than later.

The Spaniard is entering the final year of his contract at United in the summer, with Real remaining a threat to De Gea's future at Old Trafford.

Although, presumably there will be less of an issue for a fair number of the Red Devils' other valuable assets this summer - given they've been largely unconvincing.

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