Five alternative Manchester United awards of the season

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Man Utd side finished second in the Premier League and reached the Europa League final. Manchester United's 6...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Man Utd side finished second in the Premier League and reached the Europa League final.

Manchester United's 61-game season is finally over, with little to show for their efforts in the end.

United returned a second place finish in the Premier League, while they fell agonisingly short in the Europa League after losing a marathon penalty shootout against Valencia.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer couldn't claim it has been a successful campaign in the main when speaking after the final in Gdansk, though he has undoubtedly overseen some progress at Old Trafford.

Here, MEN Sport run through some alternative awards for United's 2020/21 season that weren't handed out by the club's official prizegiving ceremony:

Game of the season: 6-2 vs Roma

The 9-0 win over Southampton will live long in the memory for the simple fact that it equalled a Premier League record and saw United rack up the goals with alarming regularity. But it probably was too easy to truly be considered as United's best performance of the season.

The 5-0 thrashing of RB Leipzig and the away romps at Real Sociedad were both standout displays from United too, but their 6-2 comeback win over Roma to virtually seal a spot in the Europa League final was Solskjaer's side at their very best. Five second half goals and a stunning fightback from 1-0 down — vintage 'Oleball'.

Special mentions must go to the 3-2 FA Cup win over Liverpool and the 3-1 victory away at Spurs, which were probably United's best two domestic performances of the year. The 6-2 win over Leeds wasn't bad either, if a little chaotic.

Worst game of the season: 1-6 vs Tottenham

From a pure United perspective, the 6-1 defeat to Tottenham stands out as an absolute horror show, a loss so embarrassing that it prompted Solskjaer to reinstate Fred and Scott McTominay as his midfield and to drop Eric Bailly at the back.

The neutrals would probably pick either of the 0-0 draws with Chelsea as the most forgettable games of the campaign, or the goalless draws with Arsenal, Real Sociedad and Crystal Palace that came at a similar stage of the season.

The Europa League final itself was sadly lacking in both drama, and competent football from United, too.

ndividual display of the season: Cavani vs Tottenham

Edinson Cavani was everything that you want to see from a centre-forward in the game against Tottenham. He should have been awarded the opening goal, but VAR intervened in bizarre circumstances to deny him.

But that didn't stop the Uruguayan spearheading a second half United display for the ages. It was his shot that was parried out by Hugo Lloris for Fred to level after Son Heung-Ming's goal, then Cavani finally did get on the scoresheet. It was nothing less than he deserved.

Paul Pogba was excellent in the same Spurs game, and when he came off the bench against AC Milan. Bruno Fernandes probably peaked too soon with his best displays coming in the autumn against Newcastle and Everton.

Moment of the season: Cavani goal vs Fulham

A couple of Pogba goals have to be in contention for this one — at Fulham, West Ham and in the San Siro — though nearly all of United's better moments of the season came in front of empty stand due to the season's covid restrictions.

Fernandes' late free-kick to sink Liverpool in the FA Cup in January would have prompted an almighty roar from the Old Trafford faithful, had they been present.

Fortunately, some supporters could be there to witness Cavani's audacious chip against Fulham, which marked the first goal the veteran striker had scored in front of United fans. It was a beautiful moment.

Most underrated player of the season: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

It's a surprise really that Wan-Bissaka wasn't in contention with the likes of Fernandes, Cavani and Luke Shaw in the shake-up for the Sir Matt Busby award.

The former Palace right-back has played virtually every match for United in the past season — starting 29 consecutive games between January and May — and all that without a back-up to his position. United were reliant on his fitness and form remaining consistent and, by and large, he delivered.

He is unlucky not to be in the England squad by virtue of the sheer amount of competition for his spot. But Wan-Bissaka shouldn't be undervalued by United.



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