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The Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year, previously known as the MUFC Members Player of the Year (1988–95), is an award presented to the Manchester United fans' player of the season. It is named after former Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby, who managed the club in two spells, from 1945 to 1969 and from 1970 to 1971. The award was renamed in his honour in 1996, following his death in 1994, and a new trophy was commissioned – a scaled-down replica of the statue of Busby at the east end of Old Trafford.

Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year
Sir Matt Busby Statue.jpg
The trophy is a scaled-down replica of this statue of Sir Matt Busby outside Old Trafford
SportAssociation football
History
First award1988
Editions32 (as of 2019)
First winnerScotland Brian McClair
Most winsSpain David de Gea
(4 times)
Most recentEngland Luke Shaw

The first winner of the award was Brian McClair in 1988, who became the first player to win it twice in 1992. Since then, six other players have won the award more than once, of which four have won it in consecutive seasons: Roy Keane (1999, 2000), Ruud van Nistelrooy (2002, 2003), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007, 2008), and David de Gea (2014, 2015, 2016). Ronaldo's 2008 win made him the first player to receive the award thrice, having also won in 2004. De Gea won the award in 2016 for the third consecutive year, becoming the second player after Ronaldo to do so, and the first in three consecutive seasons. After Ander Herrera won the award in 2017, David de Gea became the first player to win it four times, in 2018.

Voting takes place towards the end of each season, usually in April, and is open to anyone who has an account on the club's official website. Voting was originally done by post until the 1994–95 season, when a phone voting system was introduced.[1] Postal voting forms were included in the club magazine, Inside United, and before that, voting was open only to members of the official supporters' club, who would receive a voting form in the post at the end of the season. Until the establishment of the official supporters' club, a separate award had been given by the members of its predecessor, the independent Manchester United Supporters Club.

Other end-of-season awards given by Manchester United include the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year Award, the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award, the Players' Player of the Year Award, and the Goal of the Season Award. Of these, the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award and the Players' Player of the Year Award are voted for by the players. The prizes for all five awards are given at an annual awards night, which is held near the end of the league season and broadcast live on the club's television channel, MUTV. A list of winners of the youth awards can be seen here.

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WinnersEdit

 
Brian McClair won the inaugural award in 1988.
 
Cristiano Ronaldo, the only outfield player to have won the award three times
 
David de Gea holds the record for most wins and was the first to win the award for three consecutive seasons

Players in bold are still playing for Manchester United

Season Name Nationality Position Notes Ref.
1987–88 Brian McClair   Scotland Forward [2]
1988–89 Bryan Robson   England Midfielder First English winner
1989–90 Gary Pallister   England Defender [2]
1990–91 Mark Hughes   Wales Forward First Academy graduate to win award [3]
1991–92 Brian McClair   Scotland Forward First player to win the award on two occasions
1992–93 Paul Ince   England Midfielder
1993–94 Eric Cantona   France Forward First winner from outside the United Kingdom
1994–95 Andrei Kanchelskis   Russia Midfielder
1995–96 Eric Cantona   France Forward
1996–97 David Beckham   England Midfielder
1997–98 Ryan Giggs   Wales Midfielder [4]
1998–99 Roy Keane   Ireland Midfielder
1999–2000 Roy Keane   Ireland Midfielder First player to win the award in consecutive years
2000–01 Teddy Sheringham   England Forward [5]
2001–02 Ruud van Nistelrooy   Netherlands Forward [2]
2002–03 Ruud van Nistelrooy   Netherlands Forward
2003–04 Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal Midfielder [2]
2004–05 Gabriel Heinze   Argentina Defender First winner from outside Europe [2]
2005–06 Wayne Rooney   England Forward [5]
2006–07 Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal Midfielder [6]
2007–08 Cristiano Ronaldo   Portugal Midfielder First player to win the award on three occasions [5][7]
2008–09 Nemanja Vidić   Serbia Defender [8]
2009–10 Wayne Rooney   England Forward [5]
2010–11 Javier Hernández   Mexico Forward First winner from North America [2]
2011–12 Antonio Valencia   Ecuador Midfielder [9]
2012–13 Robin van Persie   Netherlands Forward [10]
2013–14 David de Gea   Spain Goalkeeper First goalkeeper to win the award [11]
2014–15 David de Gea   Spain Goalkeeper [12]
2015–16 David de Gea   Spain Goalkeeper First player to win the award in three consecutive years
2016–17 Ander Herrera   Spain Midfielder
2017–18 David de Gea   Spain Goalkeeper First player to win the award on four occasions [13]
2018–19 Luke Shaw   England Defender [14]

Wins by playerEdit

Winner Total wins Year(s)
  David de Gea 4 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
  Cristiano Ronaldo 3 2004, 2007, 2008
  Brian McClair 2 1988, 1992
  Eric Cantona 2 1994, 1996
  Roy Keane 2 1999, 2000
  Ruud van Nistelrooy 2 2002, 2003
  Wayne Rooney 2 2006, 2010
  Bryan Robson 1 1989
  Gary Pallister 1 1990
  Mark Hughes 1 1991
  Paul Ince 1 1993
  Andrei Kanchelskis 1 1995
  David Beckham 1 1997
  Ryan Giggs 1 1998
  Teddy Sheringham 1 2001
  Gabriel Heinze 1 2005
  Nemanja Vidić 1 2009
  Javier Hernández 1 2011
  Antonio Valencia 1 2012
  Robin van Persie 1 2013
  Ander Herrera 1 2017
  Luke Shaw 1 2019

Wins by playing positionEdit

Position Number of wins
Goalkeeper 4
Defender 4
Midfielder 12
Forward 12

Wins by nationalityEdit

Nationality Number of winners
  England 8
  Spain 5
  Portugal 3
  Netherlands 3
  France 2
  Ireland 2
  Scotland 2
  Wales 2
  Argentina 1
  Russia 1
  Serbia 1
  Mexico 1
  Ecuador 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Butler, Cliff, ed. (2004). Manchester United Official Yearbook 1994. Manchester: Manchester United Football Club. p. 161.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Tuck, James (18 May 2011). "Fans honour Hernandez". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Legends: Mark Hughes". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  4. ^ "First team: Ryan Giggs". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d Bostock, Adam (4 May 2010). "Rooney wins club award treble". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  6. ^ Bostock, Adam (15 May 2007). "MUTV Online: United awards". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  7. ^ Bartram, Steve (11 May 2008). "Player of the Year awards". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  8. ^ Hibbs, Ben (17 May 2009). "Vidic does the double". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Fans honour Valencia". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  10. ^ Tuck, James; Marshall, Adam (15 May 2013). "Van Persie wins fans' award". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  11. ^ Froggatt, Mark (8 May 2014). "De Gea wins fans' award". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  12. ^ Froggatt, Mark (19 May 2015). "De Gea is Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  13. ^ Higgins, Adam (1 May 2018). "De Gea wins Player of the Year award". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  14. ^ Marshall, Adam (9 May 2019). "Shaw wins Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 10 May 2019.

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