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Preview: United v Benfica

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Set the scene for me... On Saturday, United continued this season's perfect record at Old Trafford in all competitions, as an Anthony Martial goal secured Victory Over Tottenham Hotspur.

 Jose Mourinho’s side are yet to concede a goal at home in the Premier League and, with wins in all three Champions League outings this season, the Reds will be full of confidence when hosting Benfica on Tuesday night. Following a 1-0 victory over the Eagles in Lisbon two weeks ago, United will qualify from Group A if they better CSKA Moscow's result at Basel, while Benfica will be desperate to end their worst ever European run of four straight defeats.

LUKAKU IS UNTOUCHABLE - MOURINHO

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has described Romelu Lukaku as "untouchable" ahead of Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League clash with Benfica.

United’s no.9 has started the season in scintillating form, with 11 goals already to his name, and Mourinho feels that tally and the striker's all-round contribution to the cause mean the Belgian deserves unanimous support.

Early Team News:United Vs Benfica

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Jose Mourinho has told journalists he can play Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford together, but the Manchester United manager naturally did not reveal his plans for the UEFA Champions League match against Benfica.

Martial and Rashford have almost been taking it in turns to start on the left flank throughout the season so far, scoring 13 goals between them and registering an impressive tally of assists.


MARTIAL HAPPY AT MAN UTD DESPITE STRUGGLING FOR STARTS, SAYS ERIC BAILLY

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The France international often finds himself behind Marcus Rashford in Jose Mourinho's plans, but he continues to make a vital impact off the bench

Anthony Martial is “happy” to be contributing at Manchester United despite struggling for starts, says Eric Bailly.

MAN UTD EYES PSG FULL BACK

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Thomas Meunier is believed to be on Jose Mourinho's radar at Manchester United

The Belgium international is stuck behind Brazilian international Dani Alves in the PSG pecking order and has now set his sights on a move away in the New Year, according to the Sunday Express.

ANTHONY MARTIAL CLAIMS MAN UTD MAN OF THE MATCH

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Anthony Martial claimed Manchester United's Man of the Match award on Twitter after he came off the bench to score the vital winner in the tense 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman claimed 53 per cent of the votes to edge out the impressive Ashley Young (40 per cent) while Phil Jones finished in third place with 7 per cent of the votes after he was also nominated for the supporters' poll by MUTV pundits
Martial replaced Marcus Rashford on 70 minutes and grabbed the winner 11 minutes later by latching on to a Romelu Lukaku flick from David De Gea's long kick to nip in behind the Spurs defence and slot past Hugo Lloris.

It’s not the first time the 21-year-old has made an impact from the bench this season, after previous goals as a substitute against West Ham United, Swansea City and Everton in recent weeks.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the match winner revealed: "The manager told me to find the space and I know Lukaku is good with hi…

MAN UTD MAKE BEST HOME DEFENSIVE RECORD AT OLD TRAFFORD

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Jose Mourinho's side continued their unblemished league defensive record at Old Trafford in a huge win over Tottenham.

Manchester United's 1-0 win over Tottenham on Saturday meant the Red Devils have now made their best home defensive start to a league campaign since 2007-08.

MARTIAL WANTS MAN UTD STARTS

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MARTIAL WANTS MAN UTD STARTS AFTER LATE WINNER AGAINST TOTTENHAM




The France international scored after replacing Marcus Rashford to fire the Red Devils to a win over Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Anthony Martial hopes his late winner against Tottenham Hotspur will help convince Jose Mourinho to put him back in the Manchester United starting XI this season.

REPORT: UNITED 1 TOTTENHAM 0

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MANCHESTER UNITED 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0

Premier League | 28 October 2017 | Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,034 | Scorer: Martial 82
A late second-half strike from super-sub Anthony Martial secured a significant 1-0 win over fellow title challengers Tottenham Hotspur in wet conditions at Old Trafford.
Martial, who replaced Marcus Rashford midway through the second half, latched on to Romelu Lukaku's flick from David De Gea's long kick to give the Reds three hard-earned points.

MAN UTD PREPARING £30M SOLER BID- DAILY MAIL

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Manchester United are preparing a £30 million move for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, according to the Daily Mail.

United are keen to complete a deal for the 20-year-old Spain Under-21 international ahead of next season, and are confident the Liga side won't hold out for the £75m buyout clause in his contract due to financial issues at the club.

Injury update: United v Spurs

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Jose Mourinho has suggested Eric Bailly could possibly return in Manchester United’s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Ivory Coast international has not featured for the Reds since the 4-1 win at CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on 27 September, but he was positively pictured taking part in Thursday's training session .

PREVIEW: MANCHESTER UNITED V TOTTENHAM

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Setting the scene… For the first time in almost a month, United will be in action at Old Trafford this weekend for what is always an eagerly awaited fixture and especially since Spurs became bona fide title challengers.

This battle between the second and third-placed teams, who have the same tally of 20 points after nine games, seems an apt way to open the Premier League weekend. Both sides, who had contrasting results in the Carabao Cup in midweek, know that three crucial points are at stake in a bid to put pressure on leaders Manchester City, so we could be in for a fascinating encounter.

HOW TUANZEBE IS HANDLING THE PRESSURE

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Axel Tuanzebe has said the pressure he feels from working under Jose Mourinho has helped him become a "better player".

Tuanzebe made his first senior appearance of the season as part of a back three alongside Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof against Swansea City on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup. He played the full 90 minutes as Jesse Lingard's brace in a 2-0 win took the Reds to the quarter-finals.

MOURINHO PLEASED WITH HIS YOUNGSTERS MANCHESTER UNITED

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho had special praise for youngsters Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe after handing the pair starts at Swansea City in the Carabao Cup.

The fourth-round tie marked their first inclusion in the senior XI this season and Mourinho was particularly impressed by McTominay, who worked hard in midfield.

Tuanzebe, selected on the left side of a back three also containing captain Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof, showed great maturity and was involved in the build-up for Jesse Lingard's second goal during the 2-0 triumph.

"The kids are always the kids," said the manager on MUTV . "When they play, it's nice and it's good. When they perform well, it's even better. I think they both had good performances.

"I would say especially Scott, as he had a big influence in the game in a crucial area. He was very comfortable and strong in midfield. I tried to give Axel good protection. I think Axel started a little bit shaky but he g…

BAILLY RETURNS TO MANCHESTER UNITED TRAINING AFTER INJURY LAYOFF

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The Ivory Coast international has handed Jose Mourinho’s side a huge boost with his return to the first team training session

Eric Bailly has resumed training with Manchester United on Tuesday after recovering from an injury he sustained on international duty.

SWANSEA CITY 0: 2 MANCHESTER UNITED

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Carabao Cup fourth round | 24 October 2017 | Liberty Stadium | Attendance: 20,083 | Scorers: Lingard 21, 59.

Manchester United recorded a comfortable win over Swansea City to continue our defence of the Carabao Cup, progressing to the quarter-finals.

A Jesse Lingard double enabled Jose Mourinho’s side to earn victory, as the two teams met for the first time in the competition’s history.


WHAT'S IS GOING ON WITH SHAW

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Luke Shaw is in contention for only his second appearance of the season when Manchester United face Swansea in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup meeting live on Sky Sports .

The left-back became the world's most expensive teenager when he joined United from Southampton in 2014 for £30m, but he has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

FORMER MAN UTD PLAYER CRISTIANO RONALDO HAS BEEN CROWNED BEST FIFA MEN'S PLAYER OF 2016-17

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The Real Madrid star has won the award for the second year in a row after leading the Blancos to a Liga and Champions League double
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17.

Ronaldo takes home the award for the second year in a row, as he managed to defeat competition from fellow finalists Neymar and Lionel Messi at the awards ceremony in LondonThe 32-year-old turned in another stunning campaign for Madrid in 2016-17 as he led the Blancos to a La Liga and Champions League double, including a brace in the Champions League final against Juventus.

MATCH PREVIEW: SWANSEA V UNITED

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Setting the scene... The Reds continue the defence of our League Cup crown on Tuesday night, as we travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City.
 The match will also provide United with a welcome opportunity to put things right after the disappointing defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. However, United should be high on confidence going into the Carabao Cup fourth-round clash, having cruised past Burton Albion to reach this stage. Meanwhile, 2013 League Cup champions Swansea, beat Reading back in September to set up this encounter.

How can I watch? The game will kick off at 19:45 BST and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK. Subscribers of MUTVon Sky or Virgin Media, the club's MUTV app or online at MUTV.com will be able to watch build-up from 17:45 BST on the Match Day show and listen to radio commentary of the game before watching it in full from midnight on Thursday. You can also keep up with all the action as it happens via ManUtd.com's live match …

Man Utd player Phil Jones injury update

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Man Utd player went off injured after barely 20 minutes of the 2-1 defeat vs Huddersfield but it may not be as bad as feared. 
Phil Jones appeared in reasonable spirits and walked unaided as he made his way out of the John Smith's Stadium following Manchester United's shock defeat to Huddersfield.



MATA:WE MUST CARRY ON

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Each and every Monday during the season, Manchester United star Juan Mata writes a
personal blog . In his latest entry, the Spanish maestro reflects on the defeat to Huddersfield and the upcoming matches against Swansea and Tottenham...

Hi everyone,

Writing to you after a defeat is rather unusual this season, that’s the truth. We were on a very positive run of results but, this weekend, we didn’t play a good game and we came home with no points.

MOURINHO GIVES AN UPDATE ON BAILLY FITNESS

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has provided an update on the fitness of Eric Bailly.

In Friday's pre-match press conference Mourinho previewed our first trip to Huddersfield in 46 years, and he was also asked a string of questions surrounding the Reds' current injury situation.


LINDELOF HORROR SHOW LEAVES MAN UTD TRAILING IN CITY'S WAKE

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The Swede's first chance to impress in the Premier League ended horrendously, with United suffering a costly 2-1 loss at Huddersfield.

For Huddersfield Town it was one of the most momentous results in club history, but Manchester United and Victor Lindelof will want to quickly forget Saturday’s 2-1 loss in West Yorkshire as the Swede endured a nightmare afternoon which leaves his side five points behind neighbours City.

TEAM NEWS: HUDDERSFIELD V UNITED

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed Marcus Rashford is available for Manchester United’s Premier League clash at Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, after the Academy graduate limped down the tunnel following his match-winning goal against Benfica in midweek.

Rashford struck the only goal of the game at Estadio da Luz in Portugal, with an in-swinging free-kick that was carried into the net by young goalkeeper Mile Svilar.


'MOURINHO HAS ENTERTAINED AMID PARKING OF THE BUS' - SCHMEICHEL SUPPORTS MAN UTD BOSS

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The Red Devils have been accused of being too defensive away from home, but a club legend believes their manager has played the hand he has been dealt.
Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have been “really entertaining” when in a position to play to their strengths, says Peter Schmeichel.

RASHFORD IS PROOF THAT MAN UTD'S YOUTH TEAM SET-UP BETTER THAN CHELSEA'S - NICKY BUTT

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The Blues may have dominated the youth scene in English football of late, but the Red Devils have brought talent through into their first-team.

Marcus Rashford’s emergence at Manchester United is proof that the club’s academy system is more profitable than Chelsea’s, says Nicky Butt.

MOURINHO NOT SIGNING NEW MAN UTD CONTRACT, BUT NOT JOINING PSG EITHER

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The Red Devils boss has responded to rumours suggesting that he could soon quit Old Trafford and inherit the managerial reins at Parc des Princes.

Jose Mourinho insists he is neither on the verge of signing a new five-year Manchester United contract nor ready to join Paris Saint-Germain.

LINDELOF BACKED TO EARN TRUST OF MAN UTD AND MOURINHO BY BENFICA BOSS VITORIA

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The Sweden international defender has endured a tough time in England since making a big-money move from Portugal, but is being tipped to come good.

Victor Lindelof is a “very high quality player” and will have a bright future at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, says Rui Vitoria.

MAN UTD EQUAL BEST-EVER PREMIER LEAGUE START AFTER LIVERPOOL DRAW

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Jose Mourinho's men have matched two other Red Devils sides with their dull scoreless draw at Anfield on Saturday.

Manchester United didn't set the world alight at Anfield on Saturday, but they did manage to equal the club's best-ever Premier League start after eight games.

MATA IN CONFIDENT MOOD AHEAD OF MAN UTD'S TRIP TO LIVERPOOL

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The Spain international is relishing another outing at Anfield, with the Red Devils expecting to fare well if they are able to control the atmosphere.
Juan Mata admits there is “no game like” Manchester United against Liverpool, with the Red Devils upbeat ahead of a trip to Anfield.

MAN UTD BOSS SAYS LIVERPOOL CLASH IS "JUST A MATCH"

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he is treating Saturday's visit to Liverpool the same as any other Premier League fixture.

The Anfield date is one that is always circled in the club's calendar and the intense rivalry between the sides ensures it is often a tense affair.

EX MAN UTD STAR DEFENDER FERDINAND SAYS RASHFORD CAN MATCH MBAPPE AND DEMBELE

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According to the former Red Devils defender, the teenage striker is at the right place to become one of football's brightest stars.

Rio Ferdinand believes Marcus Rashford is on track to emerge as one of the world's best footballers, but needs to catch up to his contemporaries.

MAN UTD'S INJURY CONCERNS MOUNT AS FELLAINI SUFFER INJURY BLOW

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With Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick already out, Jose Mourinho could now be without the Belgium midfielder for the Premier League game at Liverpool.

Marouane Fellaini is an injury doubt for Manchester United's Premier League match at Liverpool after limping out of Belgium's World Cup qualifier away to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday.

ERIC BAILLY BACKING LAST MINUTES GOALS TO LEAD UNITED THE TITLE

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The Red Devils have made a promising start to the 2017-18 season, with a useful habit having been picked up of netting in the closing stages of games.

Eric Bailly believes 2017-18 can be a positive season for Manchester United as late goals will “lead us to the Premier League title”.

KEOWN: 'RASHFORD CAN BE ENGLAND'S RONALDO'

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The Red Devils forward impressed against Slovenia and is being tipped to follow in the footsteps of some iconic figures when moving to a central role.

Marcus Rashford can be England’s answer to Cristiano Ronaldo by being transformed from a winger to a striker, says Martin Keown.

ERIC BAILLY: STRONG DEFENCE AND COMPETITION FOR PLACE COULD BE KEY IN TITLE RACE

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The Red Devil's strong defence and competition for places could be key in the Premier League title race, says the centre-back.

Eric Bailly is relishing the competition for places in Manchester United's defence and believes it is bringing the best out of the squad as they battle for Premier League glory.

MOURINHO: I'M A BETTER COACH NOW

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The Portuguese insists that he can keep a lid on his ego, and believes Man Utd's stellar start to the season "means nothing" at present.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists that he is more in control of his emotions than ever, leading to him being a better manager as a result.

MARTIAL IS SEPTEMBER'S PLAYER OF THE MONTH

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MARTIAL IS SEPTEMBER'S PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Anthony Martial has been named Manchester United's Player of the Month after a series of dazzling displays in September.

Such was the impressive nature of United's attacking exploits during a busy and successful month, three forwards were nominated among the four contenders for the latest star player award.

MOURINHO HAS STREET NAMED AFTER HIM

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The Portuguese manager has overseen an impressive start to the new campaign at Old Trafford and has been honoured in his hometown of Setubal.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has had a street named after him in his native Portugal.

DARMIAN: I HAVE NO REGRETS OVER MAN UTD MOVE

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The Italian full-back insists that he remains happy at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho but would not rule out returning to Serie A in the future.

Matteo Darmian insists he has no regrets over joining Manchester United despite a lack of regular first-team minutes.

MAN UTD ROMELU LUKAKU LIKELY TO BE UNFIT AGAINST BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA V BELGIUM

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Belgium boss Roberto Martinez says his side are reluctant to risk the striker, who is battling an ankle injury

Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to be fit for Belgium's away World Cup qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina, but Roberto Martinez hopes he will return to play Cyprus next week.

Man Utd Striker Lukaku Pleads Not Guilty Over Noise Complaint

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Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has pleaded not guilty after he was arrested in the United States earlier this year following a noise complaint.

The 24-year-old was given a "misdemeanour citation" in July after police responded to five other noise complaints at a Beverly Hills house.

Giggs: Fellaini repay faith to Mourinho and silencing critics

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The Belgian has scored three league goals already this season, leading a Manchester United legend to say he has proven his worth at Old Trafford.

Ryan Giggs believes former Manchester United team-mate Marouane Fellaini has proven his worth to manager Jose Mourinho.

Pogba injury: Man Utd can cope without Pogba, says Matic

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The Red Devils are having to contend with a "long-term" injury for their £89 million star, but Marouane Fellaini has helped to fill the void so far

Nemanja Matic believes Manchester United have enough “great players” to cope without Paul Pogba, with Marouane Fellaini shining so far.

Rashford: How Man Utd have kept me grounded

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The United youngster has established himself as one of the most exciting players in world football but is still learning how to deal with the fame

Marcus Rashford has revealed how Manchester United are helping him stay grounded after his extraordinary rise into one of the most exciting young players in European football.

Still only 19, the United forward has established himself as a first-team regular at Old Trafford, scoring 12 Premier League goals in his 50 appearances to date.

Man Utd Watch AS Roma Midfielder Again

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Manchester United have made another check on Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan ahead of a potential bid next summer, claims The Mirror
Nainggolan has reportedly been a long-term target for United and a club scout watched Roma’s 3-1 win over Udinese in Serie A  Match

BREAKING NEWS:Belgium offer positive update on Romelu Lukaku

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The in-form striker was unable to take part in training with his country on Monday, but a scan has revealed no serious damage to his troublesome ankle

Manchester United will be relieved to hear that a scan on Romelu Lukaku’s ankle has revealed "no fracture or structural damage".

15 united players on duty for there different country

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The international break is upon us and no fewer than 15 Manchester United players have left the Aon Training Complex to represent their respective countries in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

We've rounded up the fixtures you should look out for, and which of Jose Mourinho's Reds will likely be in action…

ARGENTINA (SERGIO ROMERO)
United's back-up keeper is expected to start for Argentina in their crunch upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Peru on Friday and Ecuador five days later.

Romero's side currently sit fifth in a tightly contested South American group, knowing that if they finish in fifth spot, they will face a play-off round in their quest to reach the finals in Russia.

ARMENIA (HENRIKH MKHITARYAN)
Mkhitaryan will spend next summer supporting his team-mates' international endeavours, as qualification for Russia 2018 is now impossible for Armenia. However, the attacking midfielder will look to lead his country with pride when they face Group E leaders…

Four Manchester United players nominated for player of the month for September

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It was a close-run thing, but we can confirm four nominees for September's Player-of-the Month award at Manchester United.

After a fabulous spell, it was too difficult to whittle the shortlist down to our usual three names so Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all make the cut.

Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan also picked up votes.

Read our summary of each of their performances before casting your own vote via our Official Twitter account...

Marouane Fellaini - Appearances/Goals: 3 (1) / 3
The big Belgian missed the only game where United have dropped points this term, at Stoke City, due to injury, but came off the bench to good effect by scoring in the Champions League opener with Basel.