Thursday, 21 May 2015

United Faithful's alternative awards 2014/15

So the curtain has come down on another campaign at Manchester United- bar one dead rubber of a game at Hull this weekend- and the end of season awards have been handed out.

But here at United Faithful we're going to take a look at those moments from the season that have not been recognised?
Whom, for example, has claimed the best assist of 2014/15, whose quotes did we rate worthy of their own awards and who is United's "Unsung hero" of the season?

First up, it's the "Most Improved Player" award.

With honourable mentions to both Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling, this award goes to Ashley Young who has had his best season in a Red shirt.
He must have been close to one of the main awards on Tuesday and gets our vote having been given a new lease of life under LVG.


Best moment of the season

Wazza's "knockout" celebration against Spurs shares this award which would not be complete without Sir Steven of Gerrard- sent off against us at Anfield 38 seconds after coming on. Priceless.

Best assist of the season

Not a defence-splitting pass or indeed a sumptuous piece of skill, but Rooney's pure persistence, determination, work rate and energy set the stage for Youngey's last gasp winner at Newcastle. Class. 

Best signing (s)

A close call between A.Herrera and D.Blind as both have excelled, but Herrera takes it as he's just got better and better throughout the season and I just feel he offers us that little bit more. 


Best individual performance

Juan Mata's virtuoso displays against Spurs and Liverpool, Luke Shaw's impressive showing at Chelsea and Rooney's lung busting game against Newcastle were all in the mix but in the end we gave this to David De Gea for his world class goalkeeping clinic at home to Everton in 
October. 

Unsung hero award

The fans continue to do the club proud home and away and don't get the credit they deserve, but this award goes to Antonio Valencia who has made the right-back spot his own and his pace and reading of the game from full-back has become a hugely important asset to the Reds.

and finally.... 

"We have twitched our asses on the bench- I said to my players that we had to squeeze our asses but it was the wrong expression- of course, I have twitched my ass on the bench because we were out of balance."

In January, LVG brilliantly explains why deploying a 4-4-2 at QPR made him uncomfortable. 








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