Vote for United's Player of the Month
Fans can now register their vote for Manchester United's Player of the Month award for September 2022.
It's been a good period for Erik ten Hag's Reds, who won three of four games during the month, with the frustrating Europa League defeat to Real Sociedad our only mis-step.
A gritty away victory at Leicester City started September, and was quickly followed by a sublime 3-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford. Then we responded professionally to the aforementioned loss to La Real by winning 2-0 in Moldova against Sheriff Tiraspol on Europa League matchday two.
The most pleasing thing about September has been the way Ten Hag's new-look side has grown collectively, but individuals have certainly shone as part of that team effort. Take a look at our shortlist for the Player of the Month award, and then let us know who gets your all-important vote...
United fans knew Christian Eriksen was good. But, hands up, who thought he'd make such an immediate and incredible impact? And not from the no.10 position which most of us thought he'd occupy, rotating with Bruno Fernandes, but from a deeper midfield role that has induced comparisons with late-period Paul Scholes. The Dane was Man of the Match in our win over Arsenal on 4 September, and pivotal in all three of our goals on that memorable day. He was also Man of the Match in the win against Sheriff, where he teed up Jadon Sancho with a calm final pass. But, if we're being honest, Eriksen was impressive for every minute he was on the pitch during September, and the heartbeat of much of the good stuff United produced.
The winger has made a bright start to life under Ten Hag, and appears to have put a challenging first season in England behind him. Sancho has three goals to date this season, which means he is just two away from equalling his tally from last term, after just eight appearances. Two of those goals came in September, and both were nerveless, elegant finishes inside the area. Reds everywhere are growing ever more enamoured with Sancho's ice-cold demeanour in front of goal, after his ruthless finish against Liverpool went viral in August. He rounded Leicester City keeper Danny Ward to nab all the points at Leicester, and then bagged our opener in Moldova after a smart turn inside the area. Throughout the month, Sancho shimmered with menace, and Ten Hag believes there is much more to come from a player of such outstanding potential. Exciting stuff. Keep it going, Jadon.
Eriksen passes we can't stop watching Video
Eriksen passes we can't stop watching
Christian's intelligence and vision is bringing so much to our play this season, as you can see here...
Our final nominee for September is Raphael Varane. Perhaps understandably, our new signings dominated the headlines in the early weeks of the season. That's particularly been so in defence, where Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia have proven excellent additions to the squad. But quietly, Varane has returned to his smooth best, delivering the kind of unflappable defending we saw so often during his Real Madrid days. Alongside the more outwardly combative Martinez, Varane has been positionally superb, reading the game with apparent ease and making life easier for his team-mates. Like Eriksen, he has provided the side with a wealth of experience and some much-needed poise. It's great to see him nominated for this award for a second month running – long may his excellence endure.
Sancho's second goal of the season Video
Sancho's second goal of the season
See how Jadon Sancho rounded the goalkeeper to score the decisive goal against Leicester City...
We should also point out that several other players were in the running for our shortlist, with Marcus Rashford and Martinez not too far behind the trio selected. Diogo Dalot, David De Gea, Bruno Fernandes, Tyrell Malacia and Scott McTominay were also in the mix.
Don't forget to cast your vote and be sure to keep an eye out for September's Goal of the Month shortlist later this week, featuring efforts from our men's, women's and Academy teams.