Reds reveal Player of the Year choices for 2018/19
Manchester United's players have been discussing their thoughts relating to the club's individual 2018/19 awards, which will be revealed at the annual dinner at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Although it has been a disappointing campaign for the Reds, we will discover who wins the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year.
David De Gea landed both trophies last team, enjoying the acclaim of his colleagues, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top this time around. Remember there is still an opportunity for you to influence the outcome of the Sir Matt Busby prize as voting remains open, via our Official App, until Wednesday night at 23:59 BST.
We asked the players for their thoughts on this year's award to provide some clues as to which Reds might be in the running...
“I think Luke Shaw has been great. He got the opportunity to play and the manager has given him a lot of confidence. Victor Lindelof, as well, has played great and shown his qualities and Marcus Rashford’s performances have been great as well, so I would say those three.”
“I voted for Victor Lindelof. In a season where all of us had ups and downs, I think Victor has been the most consistent player. I think he deserves it and I think he can become one of the best defenders in the world and can be an important player for Manchester United in the next few years. So he deserves it.”
“I’m not going to tell you who I voted for but I will tell you about the players that, from my point of view, can win it. I think Victor Lindelof has had very good spells during the season. He’s shown he’s a mature player, he has confidence on the ball and he can defend well and he’s a great guy. I’d be happy for him if he wins it. Luke Shaw, as well, has had some good months during the season and I’m really happy for him after the injury he had. It’s not easy to come back and perform at that level, so Luke is another option [to win it]. Paul Pogba has been playing very well for some months, especially after Ole took over, so he’s another name that could win. Let’s see what happens but I think we would swap winning the Player of the Year award for us all to win the Premier League. Whoever wins it, I’ll be very happy for them.”
“It’s difficult to say because the season wasn’t great for us. I think David De Gea has again had some great games and great saves during the season and, if I had to choose one, it’s him. Every keeper can make mistakes during the season and the problem is people always remember the last game when that happened. We cannot forget how many points he has saved us this season. He’s an amazing goalkeeper, top class, one of the best in the world.”
“It’s a difficult question. If you look right from the start of the season to now, then Luke Shaw has been performing well throughout the season. Then there are other players, such as Paul Pogba, for example, who has played well and scored goals, and also Marcus Rashford has performed very well. If I had to pick one, I think I’d go for Luke because he’s been great for the whole season.”
"That’s a difficult one. Paul Pogba's goals in the second half of the season propelled us up the league. Marcus Rashford, for me, has been outstanding all season. If I look at it from a defensive aspect all of the guys have been top, but I think Victor Lindelof has stood out in terms of his levels of consistency and the way he’s grown as the season has progressed. So, of course, being a biased goalkeeper [smiles] then I think Victor would get the nod for me.