Matic wins Goal of the Season award
Nemanja Matic’s stunning injury-time winner against Crystal Palace in March has been voted Manchester United’s Goal of the Season for 2017/18 by fans in our poll.
The Serbian is known for shooting from distance and came up with the goods in stupendous style at Selhurst Park.
The midfielder took aim with his left foot from 25 yards and unleashed an unstoppable half-volley, which flew past Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey and won the game for the Reds, who had trailed 2-0 before Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku got on the scoresheet to make it 2-2.
A goal that will live long in the memory, Matic’s first strike in a United shirt also topped our Goal of the Month poll for March and is certainly worthy of the best strike of the season accolade.
The spectacular effort was one of 10 shortlisted for the Goal of the Season prize, beating off competition from a number of eye-catching strikes – including Antonio Valencia’s rocket against Everton, Ashley Young’s free-kick against Watford and Jesse Lingard’s exquisite flick against Burnley.
WHAT MATIC SAID...
“I’m happy. One more trophy for my small collection, my kids they will also be very happy.
”I did not know if it was going to be a goal in terms of the goalkeeper whether he was going to catch it or not. You can practise but it depends in this moment, it is less than 1 second, you don’t have time to think.
“It’s a great club it’s a great team, we also have great manger. My teammates help me to adapt very quickly. I hope that I can still improve to give something to the team.”