8 great players we can't believe have never won Premier League Player of the Month
8. David de Gea
Manchester United’s player of the season for a club-record three successive seasons. A Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield (hey, it's major trophy - when Jose wants it to be) and Europa League winner. Yet he's apparently never been the league's best player in a calendar month.
De Gea joined the Old Trafford club in 2011 and is closing in on 300 appearances. In this time, he won the first four Match of the Day 'Save of the Season' competitions (from 2013 to 2016), while this very month he pulled off a Premier League record-equalling 14 saves in one match against Arsenal.
Premier League Player of the Month for December 2017, perhaps?
7. Patrick Vieira
The French midfield general and Arsenal legend didn’t ever pick up a POTM award, despite winning the Premier League Player of the Season accolade in 2000/01. Vieira became club captain in 2002 and led the ‘Invincibles’ to the 2003/04 crown, where he scored the winner on the final day against Leicester.
In the following season – Vieira’s last at the club, and which culminated in his winning penalty in the FA Cup final shoot-out – the Frenchman scored in the 5-4 win over rivals Tottenham in November, as well as in defeat at Liverpool later that month.
6. Vincent Kompany
Another Premier League Player of the Season in a title-winning campaign: step forward, Vincent Kompany. The central defender was an absolute colossus for Roberto Mancini’s side as they won a first Premier League title in 2011/12. The Belgian made 31 league appearances that season and scored three goals.
The most crucial of these was the only goal of April's Manchester derby, as City took a major step towards an historic triumph. Kompany has been plagued with injuries since, and City fans are hoping they get to see their popular skipper back near the level he was during that season.
5. Peter Schmeichel
Schmeichel won five Premier League winners' medals during his time at Manchester United and was an instrumental part of the 1998/99 treble-winning side. The Great Dane also won United's player-of-the-season prize in 1995/96 as Alex Ferguson's side pipped Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle to the title.
But oddly, it was during his one season at Aston Villa that the goalkeeper should probably have been awarded POTM – specifically, October 2001. In that month, Villa won three of their four matches, keeping two clean sheets. The 3-2 defeat to Everton really sticks out, though, as Schmeichel became the first goalkeeper to score in a Premier League game. But the then-Leeds defender Rio Ferdinand merked him to the prize.