Despite the defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, it’s been a positive start to the new year for Manchester United.
The Reds had recorded five straight wins in all competitions – without conceding a goal – while progressing to the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup, before Wednesday’s 2-0 loss at Wembley.
The time has come to vote for the first Player of the Month of 2018 and, as always, it’s a difficult choice.
Our three nominees are Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, who were selected after excelling during the month but faced stiff competition to make our shortlist from a number of colleagues. Check out our recap on each of their individual performances before making your decision...
LUKE SHAW – Appearances / Goals: 4 / 0
The defender earned plenty of plaudits, including from Jose Mourinho, for his energetic displays, as he made the left-back spot his own when Ashley Young served a three-match ban. Starting in four of our six January games, Luke was among the Man of the Match contenders on a couple of occasions and helped the Reds keep clean sheets in all the matches in which he featured. It's the first time our no.23 has been nominated for the award chosen by United fans on Twitter.
ANTHONY MARTIAL – Appearances / Goals: 4 (1) / 3
It was another impressive month for the Frenchman, who scored in three successive Premier League games for the Reds for the first time after netting fine goals against Everton, Stoke City and Burnley. The forward was also named the Man of the Match after his eye-catching display against the Clarets and is looking to make a hat-trick of Player of the Month awards this season, having claimed back-to-back accolades in September and October.
Watch Martial's winner at BurnleyVideo
JESSE LINGARD – Appearances / Goals: 5 (1) / 3
Having won his first Player of the Month prize in December, the livewire forward picked up where he left off by continuing his outstanding form into January. An ever-present for the Reds during the month, our no.14 earned successive Man of the Match awards, as voted for by United fans on Twitter, after scoring two stunning goals in our first two games of 2018 against Everton and Derby County. He also took his tally to 12 strikes for the season in all competitions after netting as a substitute in the 4-0 FA Cup win at Yeovil Town.