Ricky Sbragia points during a United Under-23s game

Sbragia: Why this trio are up for our Reserves award

Manchester United's Under-23s may have had a difficult season in Premier League 2 but the three candidates for the Denzil Haroun Player of the Year award have all earned praise from coach Ricky Sbragia.

Ethan Hamilton has been a consistent performer in midfield and made the substitutes' bench for the Emirates FA Cup tie at Huddersfield Town earlier this year. Goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara nailed down the no.1 slot and has forced his way into the Republic of Ireland squad, while Demi Mitchell was very influential before departing for Hearts on loan in January.
Ethan Hamilton, Demi Mitchell and Kieran O'Hara, the three nominees for United's 2018 Denzil Haroun Reserves Player of the Year award
United's three Reserves nominees: Ethan Hamilton, Demi Mitchell and Kieran O'Hara

“Ethan has been a reliable up and downer,” Sbragia told ManUtd.com. “It can be forgotten but he's been like that all season. You see the flair and skill players getting attention and forget some of the other things. He's been very consistent, has led by example and trains well.

”He gives his all and that's all you can ask. That's Ethan and you just accept him. He's just there and okay, he never gets a lot of recognition, even if he did get that senior call-up and a taste of first-team level.

“Kieran has done well all season and been rewarded with promotion to the Republic of Ireland full squad from the Under-21s. He's saved us a lot of times and made some particularly good stops in the win at Liverpool. 

“Demi showed in Scotland when he went up there that it's not a big step up for him. No disrespect to Scottish football but I think he went in there and dealt with it. It was a change for him in how Craig Levein at Hearts sees him playing and following the path he wants him to play.

”I spoke to Demi and he loves it. It's first-team football, and he was playing extremely well before the injury, it's been a great progression for his footballing experience.

You can now cast your vote for the award by visiting www.ManUtd.com/POTY. Voting closes on Monday 30 April at 23:59 BST, so make sure you have your say!