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See Reports and Photos From Manchester United Award Night

Published by ATG Staff 19th May 2017

Manchester United players and coaches attend their end-of-season Player of the Year awards on Thursday.

Manchester United star Ander Herrera beats absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan wins Goal of the Season for offside 'Scorpion Kick'.

Ander Herrera wins Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year after beating Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Valencia.

Valencia was voted the Players' Player of the Year by team-mates after a fine campaign under Jose Mourinho.

Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year goes to Angel Gomes.

Ibrahimovic, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young and Anthony Martial notable absentees from the awards [With the first four sidelined from the event due to injury, whilst Anthony Martial's absence has no known reason behind it].

Manchester United star Ander Herrera beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Valencia to be named the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year at the club's annual awards at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

The 36-year-old would have been a worthy winner of the prize after scoring 28 goals and provided nine assists in a stunning debut campaign at Old Trafford.

As voted for by fans, there was no clear winner with the top two separated by just 20 votes going into the final hours of voting, according to Manchester United's official website.

But Herrera sneaked in to become the unlikely winner after a barnstorming season in midfield with Valencia picking up the Players' Player of the Year award as a consolation while Ibrahimovic left empty-handed despite a fine campaign.

Captain Wayne Rooney appeared to be the only player not to bring along a wife or girlfriend with his long-term partner Coleen obviously choosing to stay away. It meant he faced what could be his last Manchester United Player of the Year awards on his own as he continues to be linked with a move away from the club.

Henirkh Mkhitaryan was certainly a worthy winner of the Goal of the Season award, but that doesn't take away the fact that his 'Scorpion Goal' against Sunderland should not have stood. The Armenian was standing in an offside position when the ball was played into the box, but the linesman did not see it. Henrikh Mkhitaryan surprised no one by picking up Goal of the Season for his famed 'Scorpion Kick' goal against Sunderland on Boxing Day. The Armenian, who was in fact offside when the ball was crossed to him, somehow deflected it past Jordan Pickford with the back of his heel.

Reacting to his win, Mkhitaryan said: 'To be honest, I was impressed as well. I couldn’t imagine I could score such a goal. I didn’t really know what was happening. I don’t think you have to practice these kind of goals, you just have to take this quick decision. I couldn’t miss this opportunity because I got a great goal from the God.'

One of the first awards to be handed out on the night was the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year, which was presented to Angel Gomes, a 16-year-old already an essential part of their Under-18 squad.

Axel Tuanzebe was then given his turn on the stage after being named Reserve Team Player of the Year, continuing on from winning the Young Player of the Year award two years ago.

Organisers would have been relieved to see Ibrahimovic miss out on the night's main prize as the Swede was one of the few notable absentees from the swanky event.

Having suffered a serious knee injury last month, Ibrahimovic has returned to Stockholm to undergo rehabilitation with his future at the club shrouded in uncertainty.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney seemed to have arrived without wife Coleen in what could be his last awards night

Ander Herrera is presented with the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award by former winner and goalkeeper David de Gea

Antonio Valencia is presented with the Players' Player of the Year award by last year's winner Chris Smalling

Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United is presented with the Goal of the Year award for his goal against Sunderland

Angel Gomes of Manchester United is presented with the Jimmy Murphy Under-18s Player of the Year by Kieran McKenna

Axel Tuanzebe of Manchester United is presented with the Denzil Haroun Reserve Team Player of the Year award by Nicky b*tt

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba pose in front of photographers.

Famous fan Rachel Riley, who was the host, pose in front of photographers

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, three time winner of the award, poses with long-term partner Edurne GarcÌa

Herrera, winner of the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award after a fine season in midfield, with his partner Isabel Collado

Manchester United's veteran midfielder Michael Carrick look sharp as he poses.

Diminutive Spaniard Juan Mata look sharp as he poses.

Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Daley Blind and Timothy Fosu-Mensah looking ecstatic.

Marouane Fellaini strut his stuff on the red carpet.

Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year nominee Antonio Valencia strut his stuff on the red carpet

Chris Smalling and his partner Sam Cooke pose for cameras as they make their way in Old Trafford for the ceremony

Manchester United midfielder Pogba gives the cameraman the thumbs up as the award ceremony continues at Old Trafford

Fellaini of Manchester United attends the Player of the Year awards at Old Trafford and looks happy about it

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho applauds as Valencia receives his Players' Player of the Year award on stage.

Matteo Darmian behind the lens with Francesca Cormanni

Phil Jones poses with Kaya Hall

Herrera, sitting next to Spanish girlfriend, attempts to fit his new trophy on his dinner table.

Herrera said: 'It is very special for me to win this award because when you see the list of the winners you realize how important it is... and because I stop the record of David [de Gea] and because the trophy stays in Spain as well.'

Asked if he knows how popular he is with fans, he said: 'I feel it. I am very thankful but I think a Man United player can never stop. We need to keep giving them all the affection back because you can see not always we perform at our best and they are always behind us.

'Thank you very much to all of them but we have to keep giving them the affection.'

Speaking of his team-mate, De Gea said: 'I think he is an amazing player, a top guy and of course a good friend. He is an emotional player, he players with his heart on the pitch. He's a good player to be fair.'

The goalkeeper, of course, was charged with the task of presenting the award after winning it in the last three campaigns.

There was no manager's speech this year with Jose Mourinho possibly intimidated by the thought of living up to Louis van Gaal after the Dutchman stole the show and went viral after his Wolf of Wall Street style declamation in the 2015 ceremony.

Valencia, meanwhile, was voted the best among his team-mates after reinventing himself as a right-back and emerging as one of the finest in his position in the Premier League.

Speaking of his win, he said: 'It is all about working hard. I am grateful for the manager's words. I am also very grateful for the support of the fans and on this occasion my team-mates who have backed me all the way on this.'

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