Bruno Fernandes has been voted Manchester United’s Player of the Year for the second season running.

Fernandes scooped 63 per cent of the vote, three times as many as his nearest competitor Luke Shaw.

But it’s not just Fernandes who has impressed during another season of progress at Old Trafford.

We’ve picked out United’s five best players of the season, starting with the Portuguese maestro of course…

Bruno Fernandes

Fernandes’ first season at United has seen him wrack up some ridiculous numbers.

28 goals and 18 assists is an outstanding return for a first full season in English football.

This has been a frantic, crazy campaign but Fernandes’ desire to not just play but lead the side in terms of the intensity of the press and the standards required has been exceptional.

He is the heartbeat of the side and there has only been improvement in the whole team since he arrived.

It was almost impossible to make the case for anyone else to be United’s player of the year.

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Luke Shaw

If anyone was going to challenge Bruno for the crown, it would have been Shaw after the best season of his career.

Shaw looks fitter, stronger and more confident than ever. It’s hard to remember a winger getting the better of him this season and he’s rampaged forward to great effect.

No defender in the league has created more chances than Shaw and he has deservedly earned his England place back.

A strong Euro 2020 would top off a sensational campaign for Shaw, who has benefited from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s man-management style as much as any United player.

Still just 25, there’s more to come from Shaw, after a campaign which has shown why United spent so much to sign him as a teenager in June 2014.

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Edinson Cavani

Cavani has been the pick of Solskjaer’s summer signings, underlining how good this United side can be when they have a proper centre forward in the team.


The Uruguayan could arguably have been even better if United had signed him in time to give him a pre-season, or at least more time to adjust to life in England.

Securing his future for another season is an enormous boost, and one which takes the pressure off United to secure a long-term striking option this summer.

Cavani is already a cult hero and it would have been a shame if he left the club without playing in front of a packed-out Old Trafford.

17 goals in his first season is a very decent start and 25 is a realistic target next time around.

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Harry Maguire

Maguire has been an almost ever-present for United, playing through the fatigue of a grueling schedule.

He offers stability to United’s backline and is the chief organisor, barking out orders which have been more audible in empty stadiums this term.

Maguire’s influence was perhaps made clearest in his absence against Liverpool, when United’s defence struggled without him.

Solskjaer’s most expensive United signing has delivered another solid season.


Marcus Rashford

Rashford has been playing through shoulder or ankle injuries for much of the season, such is his desire to help his teammates out.

There have been games when it’s seemed like he’s playing within himself to protect his fitness, but he has 21 goals and 12 assists for the season.

Those are impressive numbers across all competitions for any player, let alone one who has been nowhere near his physical best for much of the campaign.

Solskjaer knows what Rashford adds to the United attack – goal threat, dynamism and individual quality – which is why he’s been so reluctant to rest him.

There’s no doubt he’s been one of United’s brightest performers and should reach new heights next season once his fitness issues are resolved.

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