Patrice Evra congratulated David de Gea on Instagram - but he has a concern about Man Utd

David de Gea was praised by Patrice Evra on Instagram.

David de Gea officially reached 250 Premier League matches for Manchester United on Saturday in the 0-0 with Crystal Palace.

It's a number that few would have predicted he'd reach after his start at the club - it feels like an incredibly long time ago, but there were originally huge doubts over the Spaniard.

Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson to replace Edwin van der Sar in 2011, De Gea's first season was difficult to the point that he admits considering his future in 2012.

He'd stay, of course, with virtually everyone at United promising that he'd soon come good.

A first Premier League title arrived the following year and De Gea was named in the Premier League Team of the Season - the latter being a feat he's gone on to achieve in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

It's safe to say that Ferguson and co. were proven more than just right, now that the goalkeeper has reached 250 Premier League games.

De Gea took to Instagram to recognise his achievement, saying: "Very proud of these 250 matches in the @premierleague. Thanks, @manchesterunited and to you for your support always."

The 28-year-old has almost certainly been the star of the show for United over those games - as suggested by his individual awards.

One award that really stands out for De Gea is the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award at United.

David de Gea has now played 250 times in the Premier League.

De Gea was won it in four of the last five seasons, becoming the first goalkeeper to win it, the first player to win it in three consecutive seasons, and the first to win it four times.

Those are undoubtedly brilliant achievements for De Gea, but as former United player Patrice Evra pointed out on Instagram, they're not so brilliant for the club.

Patrice Evra made a point with his Instagram message to De Gea.

"I'm sooo proud of you bro," he wrote. "Every year when you win player of the year 4 times I'm really really happy for you!!

"But I'm also thinking this would never happen in our time."

And history certainly suggests that Evra is right.

Not only had no one ever won it four times before De Gea, only one player had ever won it three times - Cristiano Ronaldo, and few would complain about that.

Cristiano Ronaldo won United's POTY award three times in his time at the club.

Even then, Ronaldo didn't win them consecutively, and De Gea's dominance of the award certainly does suggest that not enough players are stepping up.

The Player of the Year award used to be shared around but honestly, you wouldn't bet against him winning a fifth, would you?

The big fear for United is that it'll take De Gea actually leaving the club to finally get a new winner.

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