Ander Herrera named Manchester United player of the year

Ander Herrera has been named Manchester United’s player of the year for 2016/17.

The 27-year-old midfielder topped the voting in the poll, ahead of Antonio Valencia in second, with top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic in third.

It caps a fine season for Herrera in which he made his Spanish debut and he put an end to compatriot David de Gea’s run of three consecutive seasons winning the award.

“It is very special for me to win this award because when you see the list of the winners you see how important it is,” Herrera told MUTV.

“Of course also I stopped the record of David [de Gea] and the trophy stays in Spain as well.”

Valencia was named players’ player of the season, after a campaign which prompted his manager Jose Mourinho to remark in January “there is no better right-back in football”.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan took home the award for goal of the season for his outstanding back-heeled volley against Sunderland at Old Trafford in December.

Axel Tuanzebe, who made his Premier League debut against Arsenal on May 7, picked up the reserve team player of the year award.

Highly-rated 16-year-old Angel Gomes was crowned Jimmy Murphy youth team player of the year, following in the footsteps of Marcus Rashford, who won it last season.

Other past winners include Tuanzebe (2015), Danny Welbeck (2008), Wes Brown (1998, 1999), Paul Scholes (1993) and Ryan Giggs (1991, 1992).