We can confirm the three nominees for February’s Player-of-the-Month award at Manchester United are David De Gea, Scott McTominay and Romelu Lukaku.
The Reds won three matches in all competitions, along with a hard-earned goalless draw against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League last 16 and a narrow defeat at Newcastle United in the Premier League.
There was stiff competition among the players in contention for the shortlist but, after much deliberation among our panel, goalkeeper De Gea, midfielder McTominay and striker Lukaku are all in the frame for the latest star man accolade. Read our summaries of each of nominee before casting your vote on Twitter via @ManUtd...
DAVID DE GEA
Appearances/clean sheets: 4 / 2
The Spanish stopper was in sensational form throughout February, with his standout performance coming in his homeland as he ensured United's Champions League last-16 tie at Sevilla remained goalless heading into the second leg with some stunning stops – including a world-class save to keep out Luis Muriel’s close-range header. That was one of two clean sheets that our no.1 kept during the month, having also shut out Huddersfield Town in the 2-0 league win at Old Trafford. He was rested for the Emirates FA Cup victory over the same opponents at the John Smith’s Stadium. This is De Gea’s second Player of the Month nomination this season, after making the shortlist for October’s prize.
Jose Mourinho said:
“He’s a fantastic goalkeeper and it’s not possible for a team to be successful without a fantastic goalkeeper. In every other club I’ve been lucky to win trophies at, the goalkeeper has always played a big part.”
De Gea on 'that' save in Seville:
“It was a good moment and a good save, especially because of the moment in the game - the last minute of the first half. It was important we didn't concede a goal."
Vote for him because: He made the difference in Europe!
You should see this tweet...
De Gea shines in SevilleVideo
Appearances/goals: 4 (1) / 0
February was arguably the best month in McTominay's flourishing career to date and his impressive form has deservedly culminated in a first ever Player of the Month nomination. The combative midfielder appeared in all five of United's games during February, starting four of them, to take his tally to 15 first-team outings this season and the 21-year-old has earned plenty of plaudits for his mature displays along the way. He rose to the challenge of man-marking jobs on Sevilla’s Ever Banega and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, in two of this season's biggest fixtures.
Michael Carrick said:
“He is willing to learn and listen. That is one of the biggest things for a young lad, to have that attitude. Of course I am here to help him and I try to do it as much as I can. I know he will take my place some day and that is not something I would be afraid of, or try to put him off, because it is important to help the future and Scott is definitely that.
How Scott responded to such praise:
“Every single day you can watch the players and you see players like Michael Carrick – you don’t have to say what a tremendous career he’s had,” Scott said.
“Me and Michael have had one-to-one chats and it’s helped me a lot. And obviously the manager – it’s incredible the amount of support that him and the coaching staff have given me.”
Vote for him because: He's smashing it in the seniors!
You should see this tweet...
McTominay: Carrick is a massive influenceVideo
Appearances/goals: 5 / 4
United's top scorer this season has been in magnificent form of late, taking his tally to 22 goals in all competitions by netting four times during another fruitful spell. The no.9 played in all but 13 minutes of the five February matches and won two Man-of-the-Match awards, after netting a decisive brace against Huddersfield in the FA Cup, before notching a goal and an assist in the comeback victory over his former club Chelsea. This is the second time our powerful striker has been shortlisted for our Player of the Month award, after also being nominated for the accolade in September.
Jose Mourinho praised:
“I don't analyse the players' performances the same way you [journalists] do. I have other points of analysis and I'm happy with Romelu's performances, even when he doesn't score goals.”
Red Rom isn't finished yet:
“I just need to keep working hard. I think I have got a nice record. I've scored a lot this season and I just want to keep going. I know that I can improve and I want to improve and really work hard. I want to win trophies. I'm 24 and I think I have a lot of years ahead of me to improve before my prime so I'm never satisfied. I always want to improve and get better and it's a nice challenge.
Vote for him because: He's quietly bagging the goals!
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Manchester United Top Scorers/Assisters 2017-18 all comps:— Lee (@Lee20495) February 27, 2018
Romelu Lukaku: 22 Goals ⚽️ 7 Assists 🅰️
Jesse Lingard: 13 Goals ⚽️ 5 Assists 🅰️
Anthony Martial: 11 Goals ⚽️ 10 Assists 🅰️
Marcus Rashford 10 Goals ⚽️ 8 Assists 🅰️ pic.twitter.com/OMs0DVcdZX