Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has claimed Danny Welbeck to be the Old Trafford side’s player of the season – but who else is?
The Premier League title race is not over yet but there is no doubting that Sir Alex Ferguson has orchestrated another impressive campaign in the league.
Rooney’s assertions that his young striker partner is United’s performer of the season is entirely valid, especially giving the reasons he provided, but there are surely some who would disagree with him.
GMF isn’t necessarily one of these but we are interested in having a debate over who it could be and we have compiled a list of the five most prominent candidates.
With player of the year votes, people often use statistics as the foremost reason behind their decisions, but they never give the whole story and GMF only want to give a nod to the numbers.
The list is not meant to be a shortlist for United player of the year, but a group of players who have been essential to the Red Devils’ success this season.
So, without further ado, here are Manchester United’s five key players this season...
The England striker is hardly going to name himself as the best performer of the year, but discussion over who it might be must include him. His 28 goals at club level are one thing, but the former Everton man’s leadership and quality was often United’s saviour when they were having rough times. Rooney is growing more and more into the world class player so many predicted he would be.
Not necessarily the most acknowledged player in his time at Old Trafford, but the Ecuadorian winger has become, possibly, United’s biggest game-changer as the season has gone on. Tactically aware, hard working, provides quality deliveries into the box and has begun to pop up with important goals.
Evans had a shaky start to the year and took a while to get settled, but since Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for the season he has come on leaps and bounds. There were doubts about his Old Trafford future with the arrivals of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, but he stood up to the challenge and has performed admirably. He is now a first pick on game day and his improvement has done wonders for United’s title challenge
Ok, he has not been there all season but the uncertainty in Ferguson’s midfield was there for all to see at the end of last year and Scholes’ experience, added to his exquisite passing, have eradicated this. They are now keeping the ball better, which gives them a better base from which to build attacks. Manchester United have won every league game Scholes has started and only drew one of the two substitute appearances he has made.
The Frenchman’s standards are so high that it is unremarkable when he puts in yet another splendid performance. Was in the spotlight for a while with the Luis Suarez issue but didn’t let it affect his form and has been as consistent as ever. Evra’s solidity on the left allows for the likes of Ashley Young and Nani to roam infield without too much concern for leaving their man. He also attacks fantastically for a full-back and has done no less this season. Probably the best left-back in the league.
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