It may not have been the best of Mays for Manchester United but we are still seeking a victor for our final Player-of-the-Month award of the campaign.
Ander Herrera – Appearances: 2 (1)
Clearly one of the brightest performers against West Ham and Chelsea, he never drops his tempo and attempts to inject energy into the team from midfield. The fans’ favourite was handed more of a constricted role at Wembley when keeping tabs on eventual match-winner Eden Hazard but he was more of an influence after the break when the Reds chased the game. Snapping into tackles and passing with his intelligence, he became a major influence on proceedings
Ander Herrera played the full 90 against Chelsea and West Ham, and came on as a sub at home to Watford.
The centre-back continued with the consistent form that has earned the faith of manager Jose Mourinho, despite all of the options in the middle of the defence being available. A solid performer in the Emirates FA Cup final, he also helped shut out West Ham United, paying particular attention to awkward substitute Andy Carroll. The lack of a World Cup call-up will have hurt but he could have done little more with his displays.
Chris Smalling helped to shut out West Ham and also played full games against Brighton and Chelsea.
Whether at wing-back or full-back, he gave his all over the course of the month and looked visibly devastated when leaving Wembley after the narrow defeat to Chelsea. He hit 200 appearances for the club with the briefest of outings against West Ham and supplied his usual endeavour in the other fixtures, trying in vain to deliver a cross that would yield an equaliser in the Emirates FA Cup final. He is heading to the World Cup finals for the first time, just reward for his United performances.
Ashley Young's full match against Chelsea was his third start and fourth appearance overall in May.