Lingard beats Mata to Man United's Player of the Month award - FCNaija

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 04/01/2018

Jesse Lingard has been voted Manchester United's Player of the Month by supporters after edging Juan Mata and Phil Jones to the award following a sensational December.

As always, fans voted in their thousands in United's poll on Twitter and Lingard emerged as the overwhelming winner with 85 per cent of the final tally, while Mata received 12 per cent and Jones came third.

For the first time this season, the winner of the fans' accolade didn't pick up a Man of the Match award – which is also voted for by fans on social media when the Reds pick up three points – during the month.

In claiming the final star man award of 2017, Lingard follows in the footsteps of Ashley Young (November), Anthony Martial (September and October) and Paul Pogba (August) in claiming the Player of the Month prize this season. It's his second award of the season after his superb solo goal against Watford won November's Goal of the Month.

Jesse Lingard's December stats

With seven goals in his last nine outings, Lingard has been in stunning form in recent weeks – not least during a busy December for the Reds, as he has flourished since switching to a central attacking role.

The youngster featured in seven of the club's nine games throughout the month, which he began with an impressive display and two crucial goals in the 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

He started both the 2-1 derby defeat against Manchester City and 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at Old Trafford before notching what proved to be the winning goal at West Bromwich Albion, as his strike deflected in off Ahmed Hegazi in the 2-1 triumph at The Hawthorns.

Despite missing a good chance in the second half, when hitting a post, the England forward put in a good performance in the Reds' 2-2 draw at Leicester just before Christmas before making a crucial contribution against Burnley on Boxing Day, coming on as a half-time substitute to score two excellent goals as United came from 2-0 down to claim a point.

He also played the full 90 minutes in the goalless draw at home to Southampton in our final game of the year.

Lingard, who is becoming an increasingly influential and important player for the Reds, is enjoying his best-ever goalscoring campaign after reaching double figures in all competitions with a fine strike to seal the 2-0 win at Everton on New Year’s Day and has set a personal goals target for the rest of the season which he is keeping to himself.

He’ll be hoping to continue his excellent form when the Reds host Championship side Derby County – where Lingard spent the second half of the 2014/15 season on loan – and was undoubtedly a worthy winner of his first Player of the Month award.