February Review: Ander Herrera, Victor Lindelof and Paul Pogba have all done well in February for Manchester United


Manchester United played six matches in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and the Emirates FA Cup in February, winning four and drawing once and losing once. United scored nine goals, conceded three goals, kept four clean sheets, won 10 Premier League points and won one FA Cup match, earning a place in the quarter-finals and lost a Champions League match. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has started his reign at the club in fine fettle despite losing one game in 15 (so far).

United have continued their improvement under Solskjaer from the way they played under Jose Mourinho. The players are still happy, the coaches are still happy and the supporters are massively happy. March is a much tougher month for United but victories over Leicester City (1-0), Fulham (3-0), Chelsea (2-0), and Crystal Palace (3-1), followed by a defeat to Paris Saint-Germain (2-0) and a draw against Liverpool (0-0) has given the squad a good platform to head into what will be the difficult month of March.

During February, United had six different goal scorers and six players with assists; Paul Pogba scored three goals, Romelu Lukaku scored two and Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Ander Herrera and Ashley Young all scored once. In terms of assists, Pogba got three, Martial, Rashford, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof got one each. David De Gea kept three clean sheets and Sergio Romero kept one.

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Ander Herrera – five appearances, 376 minutes played, one goal

Ander Herrera would have played in all six matches in February if it was not for the hamstring injury he sustained in the 0-0 draw against Liverpool. The Spanish midfielder played in the victories over Leicester City, Fulham, Chelsea, the defeat to PSG and the draw with Liverpool, playing 376 minutes of football. Herrera scored once during the month, opening the scoring at Stamford Bridge as United beat Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup.

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Paul Pogba – six appearances, 523 minutes played, three goals, three assists, two MOTMs

Paul Pogba is the only nominated player to feature in all six matches United played in February. The Frenchman continued his good form under Solskjaer, playing 523 minutes of football grabbing an assist against Leicester City,  scoring twice against Fulham, getting a goal and an assist against Chelsea, grabbing another assist against Crystal Palace. Pogba was named as the MOTM for his performances against Fulham and Chelsea. He was sent off against PSG, missing the next leg of the match, which will be a blow for United.

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Victor Lindelof – five appearances, 450 minutes played, one assist

Victor Lindelof has continued his great form this season. He featured in five of the six matches, played 450 minutes of football, featuring in the victories over Leicester City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, the draw against Liverpool and the defeat to PSG. The Swedish international seems to be at his best when partnering Chris Smalling, who returned from injury in February. Lindelof got an assist against Palace which will end a good month for both the player and the club.

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Notable Mentions: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and James Garner

United had a good month in February, winning four of the six matches played, drawing once and losing once. Solskjaer may have lost his unbeaten run but of the 15 matches he has now managed, just one defeat is a good sign. David De Gea has kept three clean sheets in February with Sergio Romero keeping one. Chris Smalling has had a good month, as has Ashley Young, who got himself a goal against Palace. February might be remembered for the injury crisis which saw 17-year-old James Garner make his full debut.

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A look at what lies ahead in March

In March, United will play five matches, somewhat shorter than both January and February but there is an international break. United start at home against Southampton (2/3). From there, they will return to UEFA Champions League action against PSG (6/3) in France. United then travel to Arsenal (10/3) then to Wolverhampton Wanderers (16/3), the third away in a row, this time in the Emirates FA Cup. After the international break, United end the month at home against Watford (30/3).

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