Diogo Dalot.

Dalot offers view on Player of the Year

Wednesday 25 May 2022 10:00

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot believes it could end up being a three-horse race for our 2021/22 Player of the Year award.

The coveted Sir Matt Busby trophy is up for grabs and the right-back, who finished the season with 30 appearances for the Reds, reckons it could be between David De Gea, Cristiano Ronaldo and Fred for the honour.

Although it has been a disappointing campaign as a whole, the three regulars will, no doubt, be in the thoughts of the supporters who will cast their votes in their thousands over the coming days.

And the Players' Player of the Year is also set to be decided before the club looks forward to the start of a new era under Erik ten Hag.

Who is your Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for 2021/22?poll

Who is your Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year for 2021/22?

“That is a secret vote, I think, for us!" Dalot laughed when responding to the question in a recent club media interview. "But I am sure we’re going to have two or three players who have been doing well this season. I can think of David, Cristiano and Fred – probably these three for me have been the right choices for the award.

“But I will decide secretly, and then the fans will decide, but I am sure whoever wins it is deserved.”

De Gea and Ronaldo have dominated the monthly club awards of late, with Ronaldo winning the final three accolades of the frustrating campaign.

The keeper has won the Players' Player of the Year three times, the last of which came in 2017/18.

Ronaldo collected the trophy in successive seasons, during his first spell at the club - in 2006/07 and 2007/08. Luke Shaw is the current holder.

In terms of the Sir Matt Busby award, which is voted by fans via our poll above, De Gea has won it four times, with three successes to Ronaldo's name. Bruno Fernandes has picked it up in the last two years.