Player of the Month: Who gets your vote?

Friday 30 April 2021 12:00

The Manchester United Player of the Month award will celebrate a new winner in the month of April, with three players nominated that have yet to be crowned in 2020/21.

Luke Shaw, who has won the last two prizes (February, March), narrowly missed out on the shortlist, although he and fellow full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka polled very strongly once again.

Instead, Luke's defensive colleague Victor Lindelof makes our three-man selection, as reward for months of consistency at the heart of the back line, alongside Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood: two strikers in red-hot form.

Visit our Official App to have your say on who should win the award by voting in our poll. The winner will be announced on Sunday.
United's month opened with a gritty 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford, before a professional 2-0 victory over Granada in Spain gave our UEFA Europa League hopes an important boost.

A 3-1 comeback win over Tottenham Hotspur was next on the calendar – one of two outstanding performances in the month of April – before we sealed our place in the last four of the Europa League by beating Granada 2-0 again, this time at Old Trafford.

Burnley were next up and, though the match was poised at 1-1 as we entered the final 10 minutes, Greenwood struck his second of the match to give us the lead, before Cavani tapped home in injury time to confirm a 3-1 triumph.

Our only 'failure' of the month came away at Leeds United, where an uninspiring 0-0 draw was played out, but we finished the month on a high by routing Roma 6-2 in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals.

Read a recap of our three nominees' performances in April and cast your vote...

It was a blockbuster month for the Uruguayan, who scored five of his 12 United goals to date in April. He began with two goalless outings against Brighton and Granada but, once he caught fire, Cavani appears to have located his very best form. At Tottenham he saw a goal unfairly disallowed for a perceived infringement from Scott McTominay in the build-up, but he created the chance for our equaliser (scored by Fred) and then powered home a sublime diving header to put us in front. An expertly taken left-foot volley against Granada was next, and he backed that up with an injury-time settler against Burnley after coming on as a half-time substitute. El Matador saved the best for last, however. Against Roma, he was like a man possessed, perhaps inspired by his days with their fierce enemies Napoli. He set up two goals with glorious passes, swept home two clinical finishes of his own, and even won the penalty that allowed Bruno Fernandes to put us 4-2 up. A sublime display of all-round striking nous.

Appearances: 7
Goals: 5
Man of the Match: Tottenham Hotspur (A), Granada (H), Roma (H).
All the Angles: Cavani v Spurs Video

All the Angles: Cavani v Spurs

Revel in Edinson Cavani’s magnificent header at Tottenham, from a range of viewing points…


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been effusive with his praise for Mason all through the season, and declared himself unworried about the teenager's relatively low goal tally in comparison to last season. The goals will come, said Ole, and April proved the boss 100 per cent correct. Greenwood sniffed out our winner against Brighton with his first header for the club, and delivered a beautiful cross for Cavani at Spurs, before blasting home our third in stoppage time. He scored a double against Burnley to earn us a priceless three points in the Premier League and then finished off by scoring our sixth against Roma, taking him into double figures for the season. Despite his slow start in the goalscoring stakes, it's not inconceivable that he could end up equalling his tally of 17 from last term. Either way, Greenwood's all-round game is developing rapidly for a 19-year-old.

Goals: 5
Man of the Match: Brighton (H), Burnley (H).
Watch Greenwood’s opener Video

Watch Greenwood’s opener

Megs! We loved Rashford's role in the build-up to Greenwood's first goal on Sunday...


Victor had another outstanding month, and has probably gained more attention due to his ever-impressive long passes, which have added another facet to our attacking game. But the Swede has really been consistent alongside Harry Maguire for months now. We've put together 16 clean sheets since the start of the year, and Lindelof has been a big part of that, so this nomination is richly deserved. His standout moment of the month was his raking long ball for Marcus Rashford's opening goal against Granada in Andalusia – a reprisal of the combination the pair delivered against Sheffield United in December. But while his long passes catch the eye, don't forget his intelligent positioning and astute reading of the game, which prevent so many problematic opposition attacks causing danger to the team.

Appearances: 7
Clean sheets: 3
Man of the Match: Granada (A).
Highlights: Granada 0 United 2 Video

Highlights: Granada 0 United 2

Watch Rashford's sublime opener and the Fernandes penalty that has put us in pole position against Granada...


A reminder that the poll is now open in the Official App. Voting closes on Sunday 2 May, when we'll announce the winner.