Ashley Young has been voted Manchester United Player of the Month for May by the fans, beating fellow nominees Ander Herrera and Chris Smalling.
The trio were also shortlisted for April’s award, when Herrera received the accolade, but the Spaniard had to settle for the runner-up spot in our final monthly poll of the season with 34 per cent of the vote, while defender Smalling picked up 9 per cent.
Young, however, earned 57 per cent of votes from fans on ManUtd.com after four appearances in May and three assists, including two during the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. And he tweeted his appreciation, saying: “Thanks to all the fans who voted, nice way to finish my season.”
The award caps an impressive year for the 29-year-old, who played 29 times for United in 2014/15 and scored two goals. Ash told us recently: “I’ve really enjoyed playing football again. I’ve kicked on and enjoyed every minute of this season.”
ASHLEY YOUNG’S SEASON TIMELINE
24 July: In pre-season, scores two in a 7-0 thrashing of LA Galaxy and two against Real Madrid (3-1).
30 July: Plays left wing-back in new-look 3-5-2 formation and is one of the tour’s standout stars.
2 December: Last-gasp goalline clearance from Mame Biram Diouf preserves three points vs Stoke.
14 December: Sets up Marouane Fellaini for the second goal in a comprehensive 3-0 win over Liverpool.
20 December: Provides the assist for Radamel Falcao as the Reds claim a point against Aston Villa.
4 March: Nets dramatic last-minute winner against Newcastle at St James’ Park, his first goal of the season.
12 April: One goal and two assists seal the Man of the Match award in the 4-2 win over Manchester City.
9 May: Delivers two more assists as United secure a Champions League spot by beating Crystal Palace.
17 May: Provides the cross for Ander Herrera’s opener in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford.
19 May: Lauded by players and fans alike at the club’s Player of the Year awards evening, at the end of a stand-out season.