United Players' Player of the Year award winners
Manchester United’s Players’ Player of the Year award has been running since 2006, when Ryan Giggs was recognised by his team-mates.
Now into its 15th year, the prize runs concurrently with the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, voted for by United supporters.
After Giggs’s win, the next four seasons saw Cristiano Ronaldo (twice), Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney claim both accolades, while Antonio Valencia also ‘did the double’ at the end of the 2011/12 campaign – with Nani and Michael Carrick acknowledge by their peers in 2011 and 2013 respectively, after playing significant roles in our last two Premier League title wins.
David De Gea emulated Ronaldo in claiming the players’ award in two successive seasons, in 2014 and 2015, and the Spaniard has won this particular vote more than any other Red, adding a third win to his extended list of career achievements, in 2018.
Luke Shaw saw off stiff competition from Victor Lindelof in 2019 to complete his own awards double for the 2018/19 season.
Shaw was the third defender in four years to win, after Chris Smalling (2015/16) and Valencia again (2016/17).
“It means a lot especially coming from the lads,” Luke said. “They’ve always stuck by me when other people haven’t and they’ve always helped me along my rough journey, but it’s brilliant, and of course thanks to them all for voting.”
The latest holder of the award is Anthony Martial, who was recognised following a superb 2019/20 season.
Players’ Player of the Year
2005/06: Ryan Giggs
2006/07: Cristiano Ronaldo
2007/08: Cristiano Ronaldo
2008/09: Nemanja Vidic
2009/10: Wayne Rooney
2011/12: Antonio Valencia
2012/13: Michael Carrick
2013/14: David De Gea
2014/15: David De Gea
2015/16: Chris Smalling
2016/17: Antonio Valencia
2017/18: David De Gea
2018/19: Luke Shaw
2019/20: Anthony Martial
2020/21: Luke Shaw
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