The Guardian Footballer of the Year is an award given to a player who has done something truly remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty.
His initiative in Common Goal project, in which players and managers donate 1% of their salary to charity, makes him a worthy recipient.
Juan is a truly remarkable person. I am happy to see him wearing the red devil shirt. More at the Guardian.
The 4-0 Goal galore was opened by a superb strike from Antonio Valencia. It was his first of the last few months and it was mental! I would bet that very few, or even none, goalkeepers who can stop that kind of attack. After the goal, we play dull, predictable and unimpressive football. It’s obvious that we missed the creativity of Paul Pogba, who are sidelined for bad injury. However, for casual observers, it’s obvious that Jose Mourinho tend to replace the right players at the right time. And so far this season, it managed to change the output of the game.
It was a similar scenario against Everton last weekend. Jose replaces Marcus Rashford with Jesse Lingard, apparently to ensure that left back Ashley Young is well protected, as Jesse is relatively more resilient than Marcus in defending. The second crucial change was Ander Herrera who replaces Juan Mata. The game fairly did not develop to Reds’ liking until the Spanish midfielder entered the field and changes things. Last was the introduction of “super sub” Anthony Martial.
“Since I came to Manchester United we had ups and downs but I always felt an important player under any manager, and I feel important now. But we didn’t have any conversations. I have said this before and I will say it again – it is a professional relationship. That is it.”