Ander Herrera beat out Antonio Valencia and Zlatan Ibrahimović to be named the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year. Herrera, who has had his best season at Manchester United playing in a deeper role, won the fans’ vote, accepting the award from David de Gea, the winner of the past three. Valencia didn’t go home empty handed however, picking up the Players’ Player of the Year award. Remarkably, it means that Valencia has now been voted by his teammates as the player of the year in two different positions.
The promising attacker Angel Gomes took home the Jimmy Murphy Youth Player of the Year award, becoming the youngest ever recipient. Axel Tuanzebe, in line to make his fourth consecutive league start this weekend, was named the Reserve Team Player of the Year, two years after winning the youth award himself. Just like after his full debut, Tuanzebe was highly impressive in his interview. That young man has got it.
Henrik Mkhitaryan took home Goal of the Season honors, for his spectacular overhead backheel. Let’s watch that again, shall we?
In other news, United have apparently stepped up their interest in Jan Oblak, in case De Gea decides to bugger off to Madrid. This is going to be a long summer.
José Mourinho has decided against holding an open training session in Stockholm ahead of the Europa League final. Apparently, the manager doesn’t want the opposition to know his tactics, but we’ve watched every match this season, and most of the time we haven’t the faintest idea what the tactics are supposed to be either, so it’s unlikely that it would have made much of a difference.
Mourinho also said that Paul Pogba’s transfer fee has been a burden. He says that Pogba is being judged too harshly because people expect every match performance to somehow justify his price tag. Mourinho also adds that he hopes that the record will be broken again this summer, so that Pogba will no longer have to carry the burden of being of being the world’s most expensive player. As good a reason as any to put in a bid for Griezmann or Mbappé then.