With Manchester United handing out the end of season awards after an average campaign, we look at those who got the gongs.
Player of the Season
In a rather inevitable conclusion David de Gea won both the main prizes – the fans’ and players’ player of the season.
He has been head and shoulders above the rest again this season with consistently imperious displays in a patchy campaign for the team.
Sadly, this could well be his last term at Manchester United as Real Madrid circle ominously. But, in the wider scheme of things, we feel that his time in England has improved him immeasurably. Had he remained in Spain he wouldn’t be the player that he is now. Just like Ronaldo, The Premier League toughened the lad up physically.
Goal of the Season
Juan Mata’s brilliantly timed scissor kick, which he placed into the far corner of Liverpool’s net, beyond the despairing lunge of Simon Mignolet. The goal itself was good enough to win the prize, but the name of the opponent surely sealed the vote!
Young Player of the Season
We only saw a fleeting glimpse of the lad in the first team. But Andreas Pereira looks as if he could have a huge future in football. He’s got wonderful technique and the sense invention reserved for, and executed by, the very best players. If the playmaker keeps his head down he could be a big player for Manchester United in the next couple of years with a manager who likes nothing more than to give a young talent the centre stage.
U18 Player of The Season
The powerful 17 year old centre back Axel Tuanzebe won the U18 prize after captaining the academy side to the play offs and making 29 appearances in total for the Manchester United U18s and three substitute outings for the U21s.
Let’s see that Mata goal again.