Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has won the prestigious Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award at the club's annual seasonal awards.

The award, voted by the fans, comes after the Mexican struck 20 goals in his first season at Old Trafford and the forward follows in the footsteps of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo in claiming the honour in his first season at the club.

Nani won the Players' Player of the Year after coming second to Hernandez in the fans' award, who with 10 goals and 18 assists helped United reclaim the Barclays Premier League and reach the Champions League final.

Nemanja Vidic finished third in the running for the Fans' Player of the Year.

Hernandez said: "I have to say thank you so much to the fans.

"They have helped me a lot. I think this was a difficult decision to make and I don’t think I deserve it because it hasn’t been just one player who has played well. We are a team.

 

"I also must thank my family who came over to England with me and helped me a lot, and of course I’ve had great support from the boss, my team-mates, the coaches and all the staff at the club who have all helped me feel very happy and very comfortable here.

"I dreamt about playing for Manchester United and thought perhaps in my first season I’d play for the Reserves with maybe a few minutes in the first team. But thanks to the boss and all my team-mates I have played a little bit more!

"It’s an unbelievable feeling to have won the league title," he added. 

"I knew all about the history at Manchester United when I joined and how important it is to win every tournament you play in and thankfully we have won the Premier League."

Nani devoted his award to his fellow teammates and said he is looking to continue his improvement next season.

Wayne Rooney won the goal of the season award after his stunning overhead kick against Manchester City, with Dimitar Berbatov's own acrobatic effort against Liverpool and Hernandez's header against Stoke City missing out.

Oliver Gill was named the club's Reserve Player of the Year, while Ryan Tunicliffe, tipped for great things at United, won the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, an honour the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have collected in the past.

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