It was a hectic December for Manchester United but the time has come to vote for our Player of the Month.
The Reds crammed nine games into the final part of 2017, starting with the 3-1 win at Arsenal that seems an age ago and finishing with the draw against Southampton, ahead of the victory over Everton on New Year’s Day.
Our nominees are Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata, who were selected despite competition from colleagues such as David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young.
Check out our recap on each of their individual performances before making your decision…
Phil Jones – Appearances / Goals: 5 / 0
The defender continued to be a solid presence after missing the early part of the month due to injury. A brave centre-back with good organisational skills, he helped to pick up clean sheets against Bournemouth and Southampton. His all-round performances impressed the judges with his tackling and heading.
Jesse Lingard – Appearances / Goals: 5 (1) / 5
The livewire forward has been genuinely outstanding of late, and has become an integral part of the team. Revelling in a central role with even more creative responsibility, he bagged doubles at the Emirates Stadium and in rescuing a point against Burnley. The England international also found the target in the victory at West Bromwich Albion and looks a stand-out candidate for the award.
Juan Mata – Appearances / Goals: 5 (1) / 2
Clearly in form, the Spaniard was superb at Leicester and scored twice in the 2-2 draw. He set up Marcus Rashford’s goal in the win over CSKA Moscow in our final Champions League group game and also Romelu Lukaku’s winner against Bournemouth. Playing with verve and intelligence, the 29-year-old has been a real positive influence.