It’s been a curious season at Manchester United; one that could still end in three trophies and Champions League qualification, but certainly won’t be remembered as a stellar campaign in the context of their long and illustrious history.
Nonetheless, Jose Mourinho’s debut campaigns at new clubs are nearly always transition seasons and most would argue the Red Devils are on the right path under the Portuguese, provided a few attacking options can be added to a vast if not spectacular squad this summer.
Before the next transfer window comes around, however, there’s the small matter of who deserves the Player of the Season award at Old Trafford. David De Gea’s claimed it for three consecutive seasons but according to our exclusive poll, United fans are eyeing a different winner this time around to topple the Spanish shot-stopper. Here’s a look at the top three…
It’s hard to imagine where Manchester United would be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season. He’s scored 36% of their 42 Premier League goals and has been one of the few players to provide consistent cutting edge in an otherwise lethargic attack. Rather tellingly, the Red Devils have failed to score twice in the three Premier League games he’s missed this term.
Not bad for a free transfer but nonetheless, our United readers have been more impressed with two of his team-mates this season.
Not everybody was convinced when Antonio Valencia first started lining up at right-back – some still aren’t – but not many No.2s have exceeded his performance levels and consistency in the Premier League this season.
He’s notched up one goal and three assists from the right of defence and has missed just three top flight fixtures for the Red Devils, whilst averaging 2.3 tackles and 1.2 created chances per match. No doubt, the 31-year-old has found a new lease of life at Old Trafford.
Ander Herrera’s always been well-liked by the Old Trafford faithful but he’s only truly found his calling since Jose Mourinho took the helm and Paul Pogba returned to his former club last summer.
Lining up alongside the world-record signing in the middle of the park, the Spaniard’s provided the perfect balancing act, combining terrier-like tenacity off the ball with real quality and metronomic passing whilst in possession.
Much like Antonio Valencia, he’s gone from being a misfit to becoming a real unsung hero at Old Trafford, and our United readers reckon he deserves to take home this season’s award.