Story of the season: The Belgian proved a reliable squad member last term, playing in three different positions across the back four. His biggest contribution to the first-team came in December, with United’s defence decimated by injuries. Unfortunately, a cruel twist of fate prevented him from taking his talents to the European stage, as UEFA regulations prohibited him being drafted in for the trip to Wolfsburg. He was a regular for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Reserves, though, where consistent performances at the heart of the defence earned him the Denzil Haroun Player of the Year award.
Finest moment: The pre-Christmas injury crisis gave De Laet a chance to shine. He started at left-back for the 2-0 win over Tottenham, then right-back for the 3-0 victory against Wolves. Against Mick McCarthy’s men he enjoyed plenty of action, pacifying winger George Friend while constantly providing a threat going forward. His toughest test came in the 3-0 loss at Fulham as part of a back three containing Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher. He gave a brave account of himself in trying circumstances but like most Reds that day struggled to leave his mark on the match.
Greatest attribute: Devastatingly quick, De Laet is rarely outpaced. What's more, he loves to break forward and is