It was a symbolic moment for the Spaniard, who signed a new contract at Old Trafford earlier this month having failed to secure a transfer to Real Madrid.
De Gea was delighted to receive the honour and let his feelings be known:
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) September 24, 2015
De Gea clearly wanted to join Madrid but perhaps moments such as the one against Ipswich may persuade him that his long-term future lies at Old Trafford.
Any doubts that supporters had over his focus following the failed transfer have been dismissed thanks to a number of fine performances from the keeper since his return to the starting XI. De Gea will look to continue his good form against Sunderland this weekend.