August's Player of the Month: Vote now!
There are three players up for Manchester United’s first Player of the Month award of the 2021/22 season, with brilliant August performances from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba earning them the nominations.
The trio were the pick of the bunch in our stunning opening-day victory against Leeds United. Pogba assisted four times, Fernandes scored three and Greenwood one as he put in a mature striker’s performance.
The 19-year-old has since built on that Old Trafford display with a further two goals away from home, earning United a vital point away at Southampton and three at Wolves.
Greenwood has picked up where he’s left off; the Englishman was a nominee for our last award of the 2020/21 season in May, although Edinson Cavani was the winner in the end.
Fans can vote for their Player of the Month now in our poll, on ManUtd.com or in our Official App. The winner will be announced on Saturday.
Read a recap of our three nominees' performances in August and cast your vote...
Our talisman for much of the last 18 months, Fernandes had waited a long time to entertain a full Old Trafford. The Portuguese midfielder played in front of full capacity crowds for only a couple of months after his January 2020 move, and it turns out he’d saved the best for the 70,000+ returning Reds. Three goals against Leeds United provided yet more iconic moments to add to an ever-growing list for the magnifico.
He couldn’t find a goal or assist in our games against Southampton and Wolves but offered plenty in the build-up and finished brilliantly at Molineux only to see his strike ruled out for offside. Second on last season’s Premier League assists charts, the 26-year-old will be eager to get himself going on that front as this month’s fixtures begin with a home game against Newcastle United on 11 September. Having Cristiano Ronaldo to aim for up front may make things easier!
Key stat: Fernandes was the first United player to score a hat-trick on the opening day of the season since Lou Macari in 1977.
Every time Mason Greenwood returns from an extended break – whether it be a lockdown or a summer off – he looks like he’s taken a step up. That was true in the Academy and it remains the same in the first team. The 19-year-old has sprung out of the blocks at the start of this season with three goals, but it’s his all-round performances that have been so impressive. There is a new maturity about his game, whether as the central striker or in wider areas. His movement is better – no doubt a consequence of hard work trying to emulate Edinson Cavani – and he looks strong, quick and ready to do anything to score. His goal against Leeds showed fantastic strength and pace before a wonderful finish. His strikes against Southampton and Wolves weren’t so emphatically perfect, but they went in nevertheless. Greenwood will be keen to take this form into September and assert himself in the side. At the moment, he’s proving himself undroppable.
Key stat: Greenwood’s winning goal against Wolves was his 20th in the Premier League. Only Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney have hit that landmark before their 20th birthdays. Mason celebrates his in October.
“Which assist means the most to me? The next one,” Pogba told us after laying on a fifth goal of the season in only two games. It’s been a prolific campaign already for the Frenchman in terms of creating chances and goals, and he’s keen not to rest on his laurels. Playing from the left of midfield against Leeds and Southampton, Pogba looked unstoppable, delivering a wide range of passes with the perfect weight and accuracy. Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes took full advantage. With a huge array of talent running ahead of him – Ronaldo, Sancho, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial and so on – Pogba will have his sights set on making goals every week.
Key stat: Paul Pogba is the first player to rack up five assists in the opening two games of the Premier League season.
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