Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year

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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
Award details
Sport Association football
History
First award 1988
Editions 29 (As of 2016)
First winner  Brian McClair (SCO)
Most wins
3 times
Most recent  David de Gea (ESP)
For a list of all Manchester United players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Manchester United F.C. players. For the current Manchester United first-team squad, see Manchester United F.C. § Current squad.
A bronze statue of a smiling bald man holding a football at his left hip and with his right hand on his waist. The plinth reads "Sir Matt Busby".
The trophy is a scaled-down replica of this statue of Sir Matt Busby outside Old Trafford.

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.

The first winner of the award was Brian McClair in 1988, who also became the first player to win it twice when he won in 1992. Since then, six more 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 on three occasions, having also won in 2004. David de Gea won the award in 2016 for the third consecutive year, becoming the second player after Ronaldo to do so. And the first to do in three consecutive seasons.

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.

Winners[edit]

Head and shoulders of a man with greying hair.
Brian McClair won the inaugural award in 1988.
The head and torso of a man with short, dark hair. He is wearing a red shirt.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the only outfield player to have won the award three times
David de Gea 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(s)
1987–88 McClair, BrianBrian McClair  Scotland Forward [2]
1988–89 Robson, BryanBryan Robson  England Midfielder First English winner
1989–90 Pallister, GaryGary Pallister  England Defender [2]
1990–91 Hughes, MarkMark Hughes  Wales Forward [3]
1991–92 McClair, BrianBrian McClair  Scotland Forward First player to win the award on two occasions
1992–93 Ince, PaulPaul Ince  England Midfielder
1993–94 Cantona, EricEric Cantona  France Forward First winner from outside the United Kingdom
1994–95 Kanchelskis, AndreiAndrei Kanchelskis  Russia Midfielder
1995–96 Cantona, EricEric Cantona  France Forward
1996–97 Beckham, DavidDavid Beckham  England Midfielder
1997–98 Giggs, RyanRyan Giggs  Wales Midfielder [4]
1998–99 Keane, RoyRoy Keane  Ireland Midfielder
1999–2000 Keane, RoyRoy Keane  Ireland Midfielder First player to win the award in consecutive years
2000–01 Sheringham, TeddyTeddy Sheringham  England Forward [5]
2001–02 Nistelrooy, Ruud vanRuud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands Forward [2]
2002–03 Nistelrooy, Ruud vanRuud van Nistelrooy  Netherlands Forward
2003–04 Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Midfielder [2]
2004–05 Heinze, GabrielGabriel Heinze  Argentina Defender First winner from outside Europe [2]
2005–06 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney  England Forward [5]
2006–07 Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Midfielder [6]
2007–08 Ronaldo, CristianoCristiano Ronaldo  Portugal Midfielder First player to win the award on three occasions [5][7]
2008–09 Vidic, NemanjaNemanja Vidić  Serbia Defender [8]
2009–10 Rooney, WayneWayne Rooney  England Forward [5]
2010–11 Hernández, JavierJavier Hernández  Mexico Forward First winner from North America [2]
2011–12 Valencia, AntonioAntonio Valencia  Ecuador Midfielder [9]
2012–13 Persie, Robin vanRobin van Persie  Netherlands Forward [10]
2013–14 de Gea, DavidDavid de Gea  Spain Goalkeeper First goalkeeper to win the award [11]
2014–15 de Gea, DavidDavid de Gea  Spain Goalkeeper [12]
2015–16 de Gea, DavidDavid de Gea  Spain Goalkeeper First player to win the award in three consecutive years


Wins by player[edit]

Winner Total wins Year(s)
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo 3 2004, 2007, 2008
Spain David de Gea 3 2014, 2015, 2016
Scotland Brian McClair 2 1988, 1992
France Eric Cantona 2 1994, 1996
Republic of Ireland Roy Keane 2 1999, 2000
Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy 2 2002, 2003
England Wayne Rooney 2 2006, 2010
England Bryan Robson 1 1989
England Gary Pallister 1 1990
Wales Mark Hughes 1 1991
England Paul Ince 1 1993
Russia Andrei Kanchelskis 1 1995
England David Beckham 1 1997
Wales Ryan Giggs 1 1998
England Teddy Sheringham 1 2001
Argentina Gabriel Heinze 1 2005
Serbia Nemanja Vidić 1 2009
Mexico Javier Hernández 1 2011
Ecuador Antonio Valencia 1 2012
Netherlands Robin van Persie 1 2013

Wins by playing position[edit]

Position Number of wins
Goalkeeper 3
Defender 3
Midfielder 11
Forward 12

Wins by nationality[edit]

Nationality Number of winners
 England 7
 Portugal 3
 Netherlands 3
 Spain 3
 France 2
 Ireland 2
 Scotland 2
 Wales 2
 Argentina 1
 Russia 1
 Serbia 1
 Mexico 1
 Ecuador 1

References[edit]

  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). Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Legends: Mark Hughes". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. 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). 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). Retrieved 19 May 2015. 

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