Saturday 22 July 2017

Two big winners crowned in Manchester United's Player of the Year awards

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera named the club's Player of the Year
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera named the club's Player of the Year
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United's Player of the Year has been revealed, with Ander Herrera beating Antonio Valencia and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the top prize.

Herrera has been United's stand-out performer in some of they biggest games this season, with his sparkling display in nullifying the threat of Chelsea's Eden Hazard as United beat the champions-elect at Old Trafford last month his stand-out display.

The midfielder became the latest Spaniard to win the Sir Matt Busby trophy handed out to the club's Player of the Year, as he followed in the footsteps of his compatriot David De Gea, who has won the prize for the past three seasons.

Herrera gave an acceptance speech at the Player of the Year dinner that confirmed he is already turning his thoughts to next week's Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

"It’s very special for me to win this award because when you see the list you know how important it is and, of course, I stop David and the trophy stays in Spain as well," said Herrera.

"I’m very thankful, but I think a Man United player can never stop, we have to give all the affection back because you can see we don’t always perform at our best and we have to keep giving them affection.

"The most important game of the season next week, we can make a great season, if we win it, win three titles, so massive game but we have to respect the opponent."

Valencia was also a big winner at the awards, as he was named Players' Player of the Year, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan's memorable scorpion back-flick goal against Sunderland in Decemeber was named as goal of the season.

While there was a jovial mood in the room as United's first team squad were joined by manager Jose Mourinho, the destiny of their campaign very much depends on the outcome of the Europa League final, where victory will secure a place in next season's Champions League.

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