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Best Manchester United players in 2021

Who is the best Manchester United player in 2021? In the following article, we've compiled who we think are the current top players in Manchester United. Read on to find out more about ranking Manchester United's top players this season.

Manchester United spent a bittersweet season of 2020/21: they were runner – ups to both Premier League (to Man City) as well as the Europa League (to Villareal). However, they gave hopes to their fans for the future with their performances.

Manchester United were runners up in the Premier League last season, finishing 12 points behind local rivals Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side also narrowly missed out on Europa League glory, losing on penalties to Villareal. The Red Devils won and lost two games respectively in their last five league games.

Over the course of the campaign, they won 21, drew 11 and lost six matches. This was the joint lowest number of defeats across all teams in the division.

Although the Red Devils are perhaps still not at the level of the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, they still have a number of quality players at their disposal, and can frighten any side in the Premier League.

They will look to kick on next season with a Premier League title challenge with the hope of reaching the latter stages of the Champions League. United have been busy in this summer transfer window, agreeing deals for Juventus star,

Cristiano Ronaldo

, and English star, Jadon Sancho.

After a challenging few years after the departure of manager

Sir Alex Ferguson

, Manchester United is back where they should be, challenging for the top places in the EPL. It’s said about United that no individual is bigger than the club – and while this is true, each generation of players has its superstars.

Best Manchester United players in 2021:

Some players have been impressing football fans more than the others in 2020/21 season, and in this article we have chosen Manchester United best players of the 2020/21 season to discuss. Read on to find who the players are, and why they are selected to be on this list.

Bruno Fernandes

  • Full name: Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes

  • Date of birth: 8 September 1994 (age 27)

  • Place of birth: Maia, Portugal

  • Height: 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)

  • Position(s): Attacking midfielder

On 29th January 2020, Fernandes signed for Man Utd for a fee reportedly worth up to €80 million (£67.6 million), following in the footsteps of his compatriot and hero Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese maestro was named

best Manchester United player

of the season for the second successive year. In fact, he is the heartbeat of the side and there has only been improvement in the whole team since he arrived.

The season of 2020/21 was his first full season at England – given the fact that he joined the Red Devils during the winter transfer window of 2018/2019 season, at the end of which he was also named the club's player of the season.

Not only was

Bruno Fernandes

the highest goal scorer of the club with 28 goals throughout all competitions, he was also their top assist provider with 17. It is not unfair to say that without the Portuguese midfielder,

Manchester United

would not have been placed in the top 4 clubs of the 2021 Premier League table, hence not being qualified for UEFA Champions League.

He is the heartbeat of the team, and has been carrying most of the weight of creating goal chances all by himself since he arrived. He was voted the Manchester Player of the season, scooping 63 percent of the vote, nearly three times as his nearest competitor Luke Shaw.

Although Fernandes has yet failed to bring a trophy for the club, the day that he lifts a cup with Man United's shirt does not seem to be a far one.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

commented on his move, “We have been tracking Bruno for many months and everyone here has been tremendously impressed with all his attributes and what he will bring to this team.”

The contract was set to run for 5 and a half years, with an extension option. Fernandes said, “For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible, I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies.”

Fernandes believes the signing of compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo increases the likelihood of the Reds claiming silverware this season. He knows Cristiano well from their time together with Portugal and has also been credited with playing a key part in convincing the 36-year-old to return to United after 12 years away.

He believes Ronaldo’s legendary winning mentality will only help boost the desire of an already hungry Manchester United squad.

“We know the enthusiasm will be red hot, everyone knows Cristiano is in the house,” Bruno Fernandes said.

“Everyone is very confident and happy that he is back, the players too. We know what he can give us, and our focus, like Cristiano’s, is to win. With him, we know we are closer to winning [trophies],” he continued.

Luke Shaw

  • Full name: Luke Paul Hoare Shaw

  • Date of birth: 12 July 1995 (age 26)

  • Place of birth: Kingston upon Thames, England

  • Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

  • Position(s): Left-back

The 2020/21 season was definitely the best season of Luke Shaw's career in terms of individual performance. The 26 – year – old left back was by far the second player in

ranking Manchester United's top players this season

. No defender in the league has created more chances than Shaw and he has deservedly earned his England place back.

He was the most powerful, fittest, and most confident

Luke Shaw

that Manchester United fans have seen since they signed him in 2014 as a promising teenager. He was extraordinary in attacking work as no other defender created as many chances as he did, and his defensive duties were perfectly done that no one remember an attacker getting passed by him.

Shaw played in a total of 47 games for the Red Devils, scored 1 goal and provided 6 assists. Moreover, he deservedly got his place in England national team's squad back, and showed stunning performances in EURO 2020, where with 1 goal and 3 assists, Shaw was one of the best players of the tournament and helped his national tea reach the final game.

He is indubitably one of the

best Manchester United players in 2021

, and with the strong teammate – yet rival for to be included in the starting 11 – Alex Telles, he has the ample motivation to retain and improve his form for the upcoming season and 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The left-back suffered the injury during England’s Euro 2020 campaign but played on as

Gareth Southgate

’s side reached the final against Italy, in which Shaw scored the opening goal before

Roberto Mancini

’s side won a penalty shootout. Shaw also made three assists at Euro 2020 in an overall display that made him one of its standout performers.

Shaw's performances for Manchester United and England over the last season have convinced his club that they should offer him fresh terms. A new contract is a reward for his improvement, and his current deal is set to expire in 2023, meaning that United would soon start to be concerned that he could attract interest and force a cheap exit.

Marcus Rashford

  • Full name: Marcus Rashford

  • Date of birth: 31 October 1997 (age 23)

  • Place of birth: Manchester, England

  • Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

  • Position(s): Forward

Marcus Rashford

is a key squad player at Manchester United. A graduate of the youth academy, he made an incredible start to his career and is a full England international.

You probably were expecting his name on the list of the

best Manchester United players in 2021

, and there he is. There’s no doubt he’s been one of United’s brightest performers and should reach new heights next season once his fitness issues are resolved.

The heir to

Wayne Rooney

's No. 10 has proven worthy of it. Although the 23 – year – old winger has been struggling with shoulder and ankle injuries throughout the 2020/21 season, he managed to score a total of 21 goals and provided 12 assists across all competitions for the Red Devils.

With regard to the fact that in so many games he was playing extremely cautious to avoid any extension to his injures, the numbers in his stats is astonishing. The forward adds a lot to the squad's attack line whenever he is on the field: pace, dynamism, and individual creativity.

His tally of 57 games last season may even increase if he reaches his desired fitness for 2021/22 season, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is completely aware of the importance of Rashford's presence in the line up if they are going to win a title this season.

Manchester United's homegrown forward commented on his social media, "I love this club. I love my city. This club has been home from the age of seven.

“I'd be the first to say I've struggled this season. It's not about commitment, dedication or ability. The reality is I've had physical obstacles I've had to overcome and I'm still managing.

"That being said, there are no excuses for last night, we simply weren't good enough. I'm really sorry that we couldn't bring the silverware home.

“But, black or white, football is football. We all wear the same shirt. We all kick the same ball. I've been playing this game from the day I could walk. I'm built for criticism of my performance but I can't accept the ape, monkey, baboon, banana, jungle talk. As a United fan myself, it's really difficult stuff to read.

"And I can only think about how this would have made me feel as a seven-year-old reading it. How would I ever have any faith in humanity?

“To all of those that have been encouraging, to the staff at the FA and United who have reached out, for these kind words and those I've read on here, thank you. Your support is never taken for granted.

“I'm 23. I still have a lot to learn and this disappointment will only add to my experience and growth."

Edinson Cavani

  • Full name: Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez

  • Date of birth: 14 February 1987 (age 34)

  • Place of birth: Salto, Uruguay

  • Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

The Uruguayan striker clearly showed every football fan how decisive a world class striker's performance can be.

Edinson Cavani

has been the pick of Solskjaer’s summer signings, underlining how good this United side can be when they have a proper centre forward in the team.

Although he joined Manchester United very late in 2020 summer and had missed the pre-season, alongside the fact that he had neve played in England before and had to adjust to the new environment, Cavani was definitely one of the best Manchester United players in 2021.

Scoring 17 goals across all competitions – including 10 in the Premier League – while he usually came in as a substitute, he convinced the club to extend his contract for another year until the end of 2021/22 season.

The 34 – year – old striker is ready to play in an Old Trafford with the fans yelling his name this season, and what a shame it would have been if he had not gotten the chance to do so. Furthermore, the expectations are higher from him for 2021/22 season, as he has adapted to the way football is played in England.

Cavani produced a striker's performance Manchester United have lacked for years, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Harry Maguire

  • Full name: Jacob Harry Maguire

  • Date of birth: 5 March 1993 (age 28)

  • Place of birth: Sheffield, England

  • Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.94 m)

  • Position(s): Centre-back

The Captain of Manchester United,

Harry Maguire

, has been one of the best Manchester United players of 2021. He appeared in most of the fans even though the tight schedule had made him extremely tired.

Maguire signed a six-year contract with the option to extend for a further year. The then 26-year-old England international joined

Leicester City

in 2017 and made 76 appearances, scoring five goals.

Solskjaer commented, “Harry is one of the best centre-backs in the game today and I am delighted we have secured his signature. He is a great reader of the game and has a strong presence on the pitch, with the ability to remain calm under pressure - coupled with his composure on the ball and a huge presence in both boxes - I can see he will fit well into this group both on and off the pitch. He has a great personality and is a fantastic addition to the club.”

Maguire has been an almost ever-present for United, playing through the fatigue of a grueling schedule. His presence in the line up adds a lot to their back line, and a simple comparison between the matches in which he played and the ones he was out comprehensively proves how important he is for the club.

He featured in 52 games, and played an important role in placing 2nd in the Premier League and also reaching the Europa League final. Solskjaer’s most expensive United signing has delivered another solid season, and with the arrival of Raphael Varane, they seem to be having one of the most strong defensive duos of the Europe in 2021/22season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is demanding more goals from Harry Maguire at Manchester United ahead of the new season.

Maguire has found the net five times in 107 competitive appearances during his two full campaigns at the club, but should arguably have more to his name given his threat in the air.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

  • Full name: Aaron Wan-Bissaka

  • Date of birth: 26 November 1997 (age 23)

  • Place of birth: Croydon, England

  • Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

  • Position(s): Right-back

The 23 – year – old right back is among the

Manchester United's best players of the 2020/21 season

and has made himself irreplaceable in the squad ever since he was signed for €55.00m in the summer of 2019.


still has areas of his game he needs to work on but is a solid right-back for the foreseeable future.

Manchester United signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka from

Crystal Palace

in 2019. Aaron has signed a five-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.

Solskjaer commented, “Aaron is one of the best upcoming defenders in the Premier League. He has the right work ethic, talent and mentality to play for Manchester United and he fits exactly the type of player that we are looking to bring into the squad to help us improve and push on further.

“Aaron is a young, hungry player and eager to learn and that’s important at his age. I am delighted he has signed with us and we look forward to continuing his tremendous development so far.”

Everyone is aware of Wan-Bissaka's extraordinary defensive abilities, and he showed them once again last season where with 54 successful tackles he was one of the best tacklers of the EPL. He also made 62 interceptions and 61 clearances.

Moreover, he played in a total of 47 games for the Red Devils last season, scored 2 goals and provided 4 assists. However, as we said, he is more of a defending- type of left back rather than an attacking one. He is unquestionably among the

best Manchester United players in 2021

, and the fans have set high hopes to put their right back position in his safe hands.

While Wan-Bissaka has been largely excellent during his two seasons and 100 appearances so far, he doesn't come as a ready-made guaranteed starter. He has flaws, just like any other young player who has only three full seasons of football under his belt.

Because he cost United £50m the expectations around him were high, and rightly so. But to say he hasn't lived up to them would certainly be a bit harsh on the 23-year-old.

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