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Top Contenders for the Manchester United Player of the Year: March 2019

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02 Mar 2019, 11:11 IST

Crystal Palace v Manchester United - Premier League
Crystal Palace v Manchester United - Premier League

Hello and Welcome back to our assessment of the top contenders for the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year at the start of March 2019. The month of February was a reality check for Manchester United, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer endured his first loss as Manchester United manager and also saw his team crippled with injuries to key players.

Also Read: Top Contenders for the Manchester United Player of the Year: February 2019

But even in face of adversities, the Norwegian has stood strong. A defeat to PSG at home in the first leg has jeopardized his chances of progressing to the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Champions League, but United have been ruthless in the FA Cup and the Premier League.

While the team have been fantastic as a whole, there are a few players who are the pick of the lot, and they have strengthened their bid to be named Manchester United Player of the Year. Today, we take a look at the top contenders for the Award at the start of March.


#5 Victor Lindelof


Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg

The Swedish centre-back continues his fantastic form at the heart of the United defence. Lindelof started in 5 games for United in February and was magnificent at the back in an intense month of football, enabling United to secure 3 clean sheets in those games.

He was one of the standout performers in United's first game in February as the Red Devils secured a closely contested 1-0 win over Leicester City. Lindelof, who was rested for the game against Fulham, however, could do nothing to prevent PSG from winning 2-0 at home. It was a disappointing outing, but the Swede did not let it hang around for long as he helped United secure another clean sheet when they ousted Chelsea from the FA Cup in the following game. After managing to keep Liverpool formidable attack at bay in the next game, he kept his cool against Crystal Palace in midweek, holding the defence together and also setting up Romelu Lukaku for the second goal as United won 3-1.

Lindelof's biggest asset is his quality on the ball, but the Swede has also improved his strength and tackling this season. Altogether, Lindelof has been the pick of the central defenders at United so far and at the start of March, is 5th among the top contenders for the Manchester United Player of the Season.

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