Four winners from Manchester United's season
This season did not go the way we expected, with Manchester United slipping from second to sixth.
Jose Mourinho was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United are back at square one.
A big clear out is needed, but there are a few bright spots if you look closely enough.
Here is a look a the four winners from United’s 2018/19 season…
Swedish star Victor Lindelöf did not have a good first season for United. This campaign was far better.
By late 2018 he had emerged as United’s one reliable centre-back option.
United need to find a partner for him this summer to emulate great former Red Devils partnerships, but this season it seems Lindelöf might be half of the answer.
‘The Iceman’ is a cornerstone United can hope to build around this summer.
We can’t mention Lindelöf without naming the player who pipped him to a player of the year awards double.
Shaw’s form did trail off and become error-prone late in the season, but up until March, he was excellent.
He has had a real journey at United since signing in 2014 and now has nailed down the left-back spot.
We want to see improvement from him, but Shaw is one of the few United players who have made positive strides this season.
In January it seemed like Scott McTominay’s United career was fading fast, consigned back to the under-23s.
This proved instead to be a masterstroke, allowing the Scot to regain the confidence which was sapped under Jose Mourinho in the first half of the season.
McTominay went on to star against PSG and impress against Barcelona, and scored his first United goals, netting twice in the Premier League.
He has proved himself to be an asset, and while he has it all to do again next season, the young midfielder can hold his head high.
It says a lot about United’s season that a player with one first-team start is named among our ‘four winners’, but here we are.
Greenwood, just 17, is seen as a big hope for the future after a prolific academy campaign.
His cause has been helped by Romelu Lukaku’s poor form throughout the season and Marcus Rashford’s inconsistency.
United are crying out for a prolific striker, with midfielder Paul Pogba top scoring on 16 goals, aided by penalty duty.
Greenwood ends 2018/19 in pole position to take advantage and establish himself in the first team next season.
Through his own hard work and the ineffectiveness of those in front of him, he has a chance to become a true United star.