The season is getting closer to an end and at Manchester United that was a perfect time for Player of the Season Awards. They were held on Tuesday night and we found out who are the best players in the first team according to players and the manager, as well as which was the best goal scored in the Premier League by a Man United player.
Players’ Player Of The Season – David De Gea
During the three of the last four seasons David De Gea won this same award as he was an obvious choice in all of those years. Last summer, with Romelu Lukaku coming in and Manchester United showing intent to achieve big things, no one really expected the Spaniard to win the award again. Some maybe did not want him to win it, as a club of Manchester United’s stature is supposed to always do better when their best player is not the goalkeeper.
However, that is exactly what happened and there is no wonder the players chose De Gea to win the award for the fourth time. Manchester United would far worse in the standings if there was no such a world-class goalkeeper in goal. The team conceded only 27 goals in 35 matches and only Man City conceded less (26). More importantly, only three keepers in the league made more total saves and Man United’s expected conceded goals amount to 41.18 goals.
De Gea plays a huge part in United conceded 14 goals less than they would be expected with an average goalkeeper. He is the best goalkeeper in England and the choice from the players was quite obvious.
Manager’s Player Of The Season – Scott McTominay
However, this award brought a surprise. Jose Mourinho named Scott McTominay as his player of the season. The manager had a reason for it, too.
“In March 2017, Matic told me I want to play for Manchester United. He hass been very consistent for the balance of the team. But when I understood Scott was not getting an award, I changed my mind, it’s unacceptable. This kid cannot go home without an award.”
His words say enough about the respect he has for everything the youngster has achieved this season. Andreas Pereira was the one that left United on loan, feeling he would not get much playing time and McTominay embraced the chances he got. He made 22 appearances this season across all competitions and also earned his first cap for Scotland. His future looks bright.
Goal Of The Season – Nemanja Matic Against Crystal Palace
Nemanja Matic maybe got empty-handed from the Manager’s Player of the Season Award, but he got himself another one. His goal in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace not only earned his team all three points in a beautiful second-half comeback, but also this award.
The Serbian proved to be a great signing for United after many pundits thought he had a not so good season with Chelsea. Yet, he proved them wrong right from the off with his composed displays, but also confirmed he has a knack for scoring stunning goals. The one against Palace certainly was.