With the season dramatically cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it now brings forward the Manchester United Barmy Army end of season awards.
We have two separate categories in which we would like our fans to cast their votes, those being the Player of the Season and the Outstanding Achievement awards. You can vote in our online polls on Twitter @barmyarmyMUWFC. Voting closes on Sunday so please make sure to register your vote to have your say on the potential winners.
Player of the Season award
The Player of the Season award will be presented to the player who has consistently performed at the highest level and has lit up our performances, standing out from her teammates.
Here is a list of the nominees for this category:-
It is understandable to see Millie Turner up here as one of our nominees, she has been our defensive rock all season. Turner displays such calmness and composure which is evident to all with every second that she spends on the pitch. She has been relied upon for all 14 of of league games this season. She is strong player who’s easily adept to aerial duels while putting in a crunching strong tackle, which we have all witnessed.
Turner is a player who doesn’t always get all the plaudits but she is a player who makes United stronger. With the club having conceded just 12 goals all season, it is a rate which puts us up there as one of the best defensively. This is largely due to Turner’s consistency and superb defensive ability which takes the pressure off our goalkeeper. Her previous top flight experience has helped what is a young United side make their mark in the top league of English women’s football.
Galton is an integral part of our attacking unit, having featured in 12 of our league games this season, scoring four goals and adding numerous assists along the way. She is a fast-paced winger who can make light work of defenders with a keen eye for a pinpoint pass. She oozes skill with every touch and thrilled with an astonishing display against Everton in February as we raced into a two-goal lead. Galton is able to turn defenders inside out, often wrong-footing them and finding the space for an attack to ensue, the opposition just cant keep up with her pace.
Billed as the signing of the summer, it is hard to imagine a United side that doesn’t hold Ladd at it’s epicentre, controlling the game while quietly understated. Ladd has the ability to stop attacks before they build with strong challenges before masterminding her own attack. She has featured in all 14 league games this season, highlighting both her importance to the team and how highly her manager rates her. Her position often takes the pressure off the central defenders but she also aids the attacking unit as we seek success. It is clear for all to see that Ladd’s impressive displays have caught fans’ eyes from that first game as she has helped us settle into life in the top flight.
The youngster has become that of a prodigy at United despite being only 18 years of age. The number 16 possesses maturity far beyond her years and has the bright spark which makes her the standout player of the squad. She has featured in 12 of our league games this season and while she has scored in half of those, she has also featured in producing wondrous assists for our strikers. She can often be seen running at defenders with her pace, catching them off guard, an skill which has no doubt contributed to her becoming our top goalscorer this season with nine goals.
Outstanding Achievement award
The Outstanding Achievement award is to be awarded to a player who has impressed us this season, one who has displayed improvement and who never gives up. The award should be given to a player who works hard and is a team player who contributes heavily in United’s success.
Here is a list of the nominees for this category:-
Scotland internationalSmith has made 12 appearances for us this season while she scored her first-ever goal for the club in the 11-1 FA Women’s Continental League Cup victory against Leicester City. The versatile defender has featured in several positions for United this season including both full-backs, her versatility means she can be called upon by Stoney to perform virtually anywhere when needed. She is hard working, she never fails to put in a shift for the side, making her a player to be relied upon to put all her passion into her performances.
Turner is a strong and ruthless defender, with superb knowledge of the game. She is able to put in big game-saving challenges when needed, often shining above her defensive counterparts with her continued consistency. It is visible that Turner put in extra training over the summer and she has come back even stronger this season. Despite having to wait for opportunities behind new signing Abbie McManus, she has impressed with each chance given. She has featured in 16 games this season, often having to adapt to playing outside of her regular position at centre-back. Like Smith, she has also etched her first goal for the club this season in an FA Women’s Continental League Cup match against Everton.
Harris has featured for United on 12 occasions this season, often operating in the right-back position. Like Smith, she is a versatile player with the ability to play in either of the full-back flanks. She is a great reader of the game and is often able to see out attacks. Despite being the smallest member of the squad, she is able to stand strong amongst much more physical players, mainly due to her experience and knowledge of the game.
Hanson has continued to impress as the club have settled into their first year in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League. The winger, who is comfortable on either flank, possesses pace that makes it easy for her to run at and turn defenders while she isn’t afraid of shooting having scored five goals this season. The player also boasts a plethora of skills alongside her ability to seek a pinpoint pass. Hanson has continued to improve in her second season with United and there is sure to be more success to come from the number 18.
All of us here at the Barmy Army are sad to see the season prematurely drawn to a close but please make sure that you take part and vote in the online polls to allow us to still crown our Player of the Season and Outstanding Achiever.
Stay safe, look after yourselves and your loved ones during the close season. We cannot wait to be back at our home at the Leigh Sports Village with you all supporting our girls.
Marnie Kelly on behalf of the MUWFC Barmy Army (@barmyarmyMUWFC).