Vote for United's Goal of the Month
The poll for Manchester United’s Goal of the Month is now open.
Our first team, women's team, Under-23s and Under-18s scored 21 goals between them in February and we’ve selected the best 10 for you to consider.
All of them are contained in the video below, and we’ve put together a brief description of each strike too.
LAUREN JAMES V READING (WOMEN)
The 18-year old has made a habit of scoring spectacular strikes for the Reds, and this effort – the opener in our 1-1 WSL draw with the Royals – was no exception. All it took was a slight misjudgement by the Reading right-back and James was in on goal. The teenager’s speed and strength took her away from the visitors’ retreating backline and her driven finish left keeper Rachael Laws with no chance.
DILLON HOOGEWERF V LEEDS (UNDER-18S)
A tight and tense FA Youth Cup tie was in the balance before Hoogewerf pounced on the hour-mark with a precision header. Reece Devine’s swinging cross from the right always looked dangerous, but the Dutch forward managed to escape his marker and direct his effort into the far corner of the goal, much to the home support’s delight at Old Trafford.
ANTHONY MARTIAL V CHELSEA
Another great header is next on our list – this time it’s Martial’s glancing effort to set us on our way to a third consecutive victory at Stamford Bridge in all competitions. Part of the beauty of this goal is Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s endeavour and accuracy in the assist, but the Frenchman does brilliantly to beat Andreas Christensen in the air and send the ball out of the reach of the diving Willy Caballero.
JAMES GARNER V CLUB BRUGGE (UNDER-19S)
Garner’s superb individual effort came in a friendly between Club Brugge and United’s youth teams, just hours before the UEFA Europa League clash in Belgium. The midfielder picked the ball up on the halfway line and advanced all the way into Brugge’s box, evading the challenges of two defenders before casually sidefooting into the back of the net.
LEAH GALTON V EVERTON (WOMEN)
Another wonderful solo effort from our women’s side saw Leah Galton put the Reds 1-0 up during our eventual 3-2 win over the Toffees at Walton Hall Park. The winger isolated an Everton defender on the left-hand side of the box, feinting to cut in on her right before doubling back and firing in. She added a second goal for good measure later, too.
MARTIAL V WATFORD
We think the Oxford English Dictionary should revise its definition of ‘nonchalant’ after Martial’s sumptuous chip against Watford at Old Trafford. Ben Foster had seemingly denied the Frenchman after he’d been cleverly played through by Bruno Fernandes, but Martial deceived everyone when, after receiving the rebound, he deftly lifted the ball over the former United keeper and into the goal.
MASON GREENWOOD V WATFORD
Was Martial’s goal even the best of that particular game? We’ve become accustomed to Mason’s pinpoint precision when he finds time and space on the edge of the box, but this effort, to cap off a superb 3-0 home win, was particularly special – glancing off the crossbar on its way in. Bonus points too, for the teenager’s driving role in the build-up, including a spectacular body-swerve to deceive Etienne Capoue.
SCOTT MCTOMINAY V CLUB BRUGGE
McTominay didn’t have to wait too long for his first goal after returning from a two-month injury lay-off – and what a strike it was! Brugge may have sloppily given the ball away on their right-hand side, but when he received it 18 yards out, our homegrown hero made no mistake, almost passing it in, leaving former Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet standing still.
FRED V CLUB BRUGGE
The Brazilian struck twice in our thumping 5-0 win over the Belgians, but we prefer his second effort! Almost a mirror image of McTominay’s, this time it was Tahith Chong who pulled the ball back for Fred to apply the finish, after some lovely interplay involving Jesse Lingard in the final third.
DEJI SOTONA V WIGAN (UNDER-18S)
Sotona’s winner from the Youth Cup tie against Wigan was a perfect example of centre-forward play. Ben Hockenhull’s lofted through-ball gave the youngster half-a-yard on Latics’ defender James Carragher – son of Jamie – and Deji used his strength to outmuscle the centre-back before carefully angling his finish into the top corner.
Vote for your Goal of the Month in the Official App now. The winner will be announced on Thursday in the build-up to Derby v United.