Vote for United's Player of the Month
It was a tough call but Manchester United’s Player of the Month shortlist for March 2019 has been selected.
After a period spanning the amazing Champions League triumph at Paris Saint-Germain and home wins against Southampton and Watford, strikers Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford are joined in the three-man poll by defender Luke Shaw.Chris Smalling, who has been ultra-consistent in defence, was very unlucky to narrowly miss out on selection, while fellow centre-back Victor Lindelof was also considered as we seek the successor to Ander Herrera, the recipient of our February award.
You can vote for March's Player of the Month now, or read our summaries of Lukaku, Rashford and Shaw's efforts below if you are undecided...
ROMELU LUKAKU – 3 appearances / 4 goals
The Belgium international was in unstoppable form at the start of the month, scoring a couple of beauties in the dramatic 3-2 victory over Southampton. The winner was the first time he has found the net from outside the box since joining the Reds. He followed it up with a double in Paris that proved vital in overturning the two-goal deficit from the first leg. Lukaku was unable to add to a tally of six in three games when drawing a blank at Arsenal, when he was only denied by the bar and a fine save by keeper Bernd Leno, and he has not seen any action since due to a foot injury.
MARCUS RASHFORD – 5 appearances / 3 goals (1 pen)
The Academy product continues to go from strength to strength and, like Lukaku, he was instrumental in the glorious win at PSG. An ambitious shot led to Romelu’s second goal on the night, when Gianluigi Buffon spilled the effort, and he then stepped up to the plate when required to nervelessly drill the late penalty past the World Cup winner and prove his character for the biggest of occasions. The 21-year-old plundered a late consolation in the Emirates FA Cup defeat at Wolves and opened the scoring against Watford last weekend to register double figures in terms of Premier League strikes for the first time in his burgeoning career. All of this has been achieved while nursing an ankle knock sustained in February's draw with Liverpool.
LUKE SHAW – 5 appearances / 0 goals
The left-back was Man of the Match in our last fixture, shining against Watford and providing a wonderful assist for Rashford’s goal. A sustained spell of impressive performances made him impossible to ignore, including being part of the outstanding defensive display in Paris. Of course, it was also his cross from the left that allowed Rashford to pull the late goal back at Molineux. Luke played well in the victory against his former side Southampton and was one of our better performers in the 2-0 reverse to Arsenal. He is looking to collect the trophy for the third time this term.
NOW HAVE YOUR SAY
So... who do you think most deserves the award? Vote for March's Player of the Month here.Voting will close on Tuesday afternoon, with the winner being announced at 17:00 BST.
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