Revealed: United's Player of the Month
Manchester United’s Player of the Month for February 2022 can now be revealed.
With Anthony Elanga, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane nominated for the prize, we were guaranteed a first-time winner after David De Gea claimed the accolade for each of the last three months.
Elanga is just 17 games into his senior career, while Sancho and Varane only joined United in the summer of 2021.
All three players had a strong case for winning and that played out in the poll results, with fewer than 600 votes separating first and second place in the final standings.
But we can officially announce that it is Jadon who you have deemed to be February’s finest performer.
Sancho appeared in all seven of United’s games last month and scored his first goals at Old Trafford during the draws with Middlesbrough and Southampton.
He also conjured two assists in a Man-of-the-Match performance at Leeds, as the Reds recovered from a jolting start to the second-half to eventually defeat the Whites 4-2.
It’s fair to say Jadon, still only 21, is improving week by week and he pinpointed a couple of areas in which he feels he’s strengthened shortly after that Elland Road visit.
“I’ve been playing a lot of football recently,” he told us. “I guess that’s because I’ve been working a lot harder and believing in myself a lot more and just trying to make things happen.
“I’m just happy that my team-mates are believing in me and giving me support, especially when I go one-v-one, and hearing the fans when they cheer me on and are telling me to get at my opponent… I’m delighted with my performances.
“I’ve been running in behind a lot more and making the opponents think twice, instead of always coming short and trying to get the ball… just changing up my game a bit.”
United's interim manager Ralf Rangnick pointed out that Sancho could get even better.
“The Jadon Sancho that we’ve seen recently in the last eight weeks is getting closer to the one I knew from Germany,” said Ralf, in his exclusive pre-match interview with us.
“There is still more space for improvement for him. He could even get better: scoring more goals, being more influential on our game. I think he’s on the right pathway right now.”
It was our closest Player-of-the-Month vote since way back in 2016, when Juan Mata edged out Ander Herrera for the award.
Commiserations to Anthony and Raphael, congratulations to Jadon, and thanks to everyone who voted.