Who produced our best individual display?

Thursday 08 June 2023 10:00

Manchester United's 2022/23 season included some fine individual performances.

As the Reds reached both domestic finals in Erik ten Hag's maiden campaign, won the Carabao Cup, finished third in the Premier League and knocked Barcelona out of Europe, there were plenty of stellar Man-of-the-Match displays to choose for our shortlist.

We ended up with 10 options for you to vote on, featuring seven different players. 

Read our short review of each one and then get involved as we discover United's top personal performance of the season...

Lisandro Martinez set the tone against Liverpool in Erik ten Hag's first win.

Lisandro Martinez v Liverpool (H)

You can make an argument for this being the match that made the Old Trafford faithful fall in love with the Argentinian. He had been criticised for his display at Brentford but bounced back with a show of steel and purpose in a key game that would have had major repercussions. From the moment he nudged into Mohamed Salah to show he was up for the battle, this was a classic illustration of what the aggressive centre-back is all about.

Marcus Rashford v Arsenal (H)

The game that got our forward's season really up and running as the England international terrorised the Gunners' defence with his pace and finishing prowess. Our no.10 slotted a Bruno Fernandes through ball past Aaron Ramsdale to edge United back in front and added a clincher, after some unselfish work from Christian Eriksen. Causing problems for Arsenal all afternoon, he helped inflict a first defeat of the term for the early league leaders.

Bruno Fernandes v Tottenham (H)

Another impressive home victory for Ten Hag's men, with Bruno this time the main source of inspiration. The Portugal midfielder was a driving force behind a dominant first-half display, intelligently finding space to worry the Spurs backline. After Fred's deserved opener, Bruno bent a beauty beyond Hugo Lloris's dive for the killer second goal and was only denied another strike by an offside decision.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka v Crystal Palace (A)

There was no doubting who the Man of the Match was at Selhurst Park, as Wan-Bissaka shone against his former club. The defender crossed to provide Luke Shaw with a good chance in the first half and helped keep Palace danger-man Wilfried Zaha quiet. In a frantic finale, after Michael Olise's free-kick leveller, Palace broke to threaten to take all three points at the death. Thankfully, Wan-Bissaka produced arguably the tackle of the season to stop Zaha from scoring, something even his old pal was in awe of.

Casemiro v Reading (H)

This Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie was all about our brilliant Brazilian. He was involved in the build-up to Rashford's first-half goal that was disallowed by VAR but took centre stage after the break. Finishing with the composure of a centre-forward, he latched onto Antony's pass with aplomb and then smashed a deflected second to sink Paul Ince's Royals. This was a majestic display by the midfielder, even aside from his two goals inside four minutes, as the Reds cruised past the 10-man Championship side.

Bruno's best bits from his magical display against Spurs.

Marcus Rashford v Barcelona (A)

A night that proved the homegrown talent is right up there with the best players in the world. At the intimidating Nou Camp, home of runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona, Rashford tormented one of the meanest defences on the planet. There was so much to admire, not least his smart near-post finish past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, as his pace was too hot for the Catalan giants to handle. It was his spellbinding run that led to Jules Kounde's own goal too and the defender was extremely fortunate not to be penalised for bringing Rashy down when he was clean through on goal in the second half.

Casemiro v Newcastle (H)

The obvious star man at Wembley as a player for the big occasion puffed out his cheeks and took on the responsibility of helping guide the Reds to our first trophy under Ten Hag. The firm header, applied to Luke Shaw's cross, broke the Magpies' spirit and he produced a dominant performance in the middle of the park. When Newcastle got on top in the second half, he was a calming influence and showed why he is regarded as a real winner.

Alejandro Garnacho's strike against West Ham was a thing of beauty.

Alejandro Garnacho v West Ham United (H)

A tie to savour as the Reds, fresh from tiring exploits at Wembley, produced a comeback victory to keep our hopes alive in the other domestic cup competition. One man was chiefly responsible for lighting the fuse as the electrifying winger started from the off and enjoyed one of the standout performances of his fledgling career. With extra-time fast approaching, he took a perfect touch and followed it up with a curler in front of the Stretford End. It was just reward for a display of menace and confidence, as Garnacho made rapid strides at Old Trafford.

Marcel Sabitzer v Sevilla (H)

Injury would curtail the Austria midfielder's season but the Bayern Munich loanee was certainly the star of the Europa League clash with Sevilla. Two superb goals, inside the opening 25 minutes, showed just what a threat he can be. The first was smashed home from a Fernandes pass, before he ran onto a through ball by Anthony Martial to finish clinically past Bounou. It was a match, and tie, that got away from the Reds but there was no hiding the fact this was a superb showing by Sabitzer.

Casemiro v Chelsea (H)

It took only six minutes for Case to light up a high-stakes game, as he nodded in Eriksen's set-piece. What followed was a true moment of genius, when his no-look pass released Jadon Sancho, and Martial finished the delightful move off. The Blues were blown away on the night United clinched a place in next season's Champions League, where the South American's talents undoubtedly belong, and this was another princely performance by the much-decorated midfield marauder.

Who produced the best individual display of 2022/23?poll

Who produced the best individual display of 2022/23?

Have your say by taking part in our poll (above) as the fans decide the best individual display of our campaign.

It was a thrilling season following Manchester United. Make sure you are geared up for what's next in 2023/24 by becoming an official member, choose your perfect membership pack today.