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- May 8, 2011
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Jesse Lingard, Memphis Depay and Marcus Rashford are the three nominees for Manchester United's new Player of the Month award following their good form in February.
Key stats: 7 appearances, 3 goals
Summary: The Academy graduate began February by scoring the first goal in United's convincing 3-0 win over Stoke City, with a terrific stooping header from Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s excellent cross. He followed that up by netting a superb individual opener against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the scene of an entertaining 1-1 draw, before converting again in the 3-0 Emirates FA Cup win at Shrewsbury Town. Notably, the 23-year-old also notched a fine assist with a left-footed cross that led to fellow youth-team product Marcus Rashford’s second goal in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Arsenal.
Jesse said: “The boss has said that I'm getting back to my form now from what I had before my injury and I need to keep kicking on.” (7 February)
Key stats: 7 appearances, 2 goals
Summary: Memphis enjoyed a fine return to form in February and the Dutchman’s confidence unquestionably increased from game to game. He began the month as a substitute against Chelsea and was criticised in some quarters for his role in Diego Costa's equaliser, after gifting possession to the Blues in the build-up. But he soldiered on to become a certain starter and scored an important away goal at FC Midtjylland, before producing a Man-of-the-Match performance in the home leg at Old Trafford. On that night, he gave the visitors' right-back Romer a torrid time from start to finish, prompting his opponent to admit he'd “never been so close to crying after a match”.
Memphis said: “Working with Giggs makes me even hungrier on the training ground, it makes me want to try new things. I ask him for advice because he's been there; he knows how to read the circumstances, how to handle situations. It is really inspiring and helpful.” (24 February)
Key stats: 2 appearances, 4 goals
Summary: Yes, he only made two appearances in February’s seven fixtures, but the Academy graduate’s influence on the must-win games against Midtjylland and Arsenal was undeniable. The 18-year-old made an unexpected debut against the Danes as a late replacement for the injured Anthony Martial and impressively repaid the manager’s faith with a sensational brace in a 5-1 win. He retained his starting berth against the Gunners and wowed fans by again scoring twice, this time in as many minutes - firstly with an instinctive finish and then with a deft header past Petr Cech. Rashford also notched an assist for Ander Herrera and ran away with our Man-of-the-Match poll with 82 per cent of votes cast on Twitter.
Rashford said: “It was a shock when I played in midweek, because [Anthony] Martial was meant to be starting. But that maybe benefited me because I wasn’t thinking about the game too much.” (28 February)