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Poll Reminder

Posted by nickogs20 on June 3, 2009

Just a quick nudge to anyone who hasn’t voted in either of our ongoing polls, as we seek your views ahead of United Youth’s end of season awards. We covered the Academy Player of the Year poll in an article last week, and loads of you have voted – we’ll be taking that one down in the course of the next day or so, so anyone who hasn’t should do so pronto. In addition, we’ve also got a poll running over in the right-hand sidebar for the Reserve Player of the Year – same drill, we want to know who you think has been the outstanding performer for Ole Solskjaer’s reserve side in 2008/09, and to help, we’ve listed 7 who we think are deserving of your attentions:

James Chester
The official Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year this season, James captained the side in the first half of the campaign and had a productive loan spell at Peterborough before injury cut short his season.

Tom Cleverley
A nominee for the Denzil Haroun award, Tom started the season in terrific goalscoring form for the Reds before translating that into an impressive loan spell at League One champions Leicester City.

Corry Evans
Captain after Chester’s loan departure, the 18 year-old Ulsterman was a rock at the heart of defence despite being a midfielder by trade, and has forced his way into the full Northern Ireland squad.

Fábio da Silva
Injury and the presence of Patrice Evra has prevented Fábio from making the same impact at first team level as his twin, but anyone who’s seen him for the reserves this season will know he’s capable.

Kiko Macheda
Top-scorer with 10 goals in 18 games, including a sensational hattrick against Newcastle at St James’ Park. We all know what happened in the ensuing fortnight…

Lee Martin
Returned from a disappointing loan spell at Forest with his tail between his legs back in January but has been a revelation for the second string since then in an unfamiliar central role.

Rodrigo Possebon
The Brazilian-turned-Italian’s pre/early-season form under OGS saw him force his way into the first-team picture, although his much-publicised injury against Boro in the Carling Cup set him back significantly.

You don’t have to vote for one of those if someone else has caught your eye however – the ‘Other’ box is there for you to identify another player, as some have done already with the likes of Matt James and Danny Welbeck. We’ll keep this poll running for another couple of days, and we should have another one up alongside it very soon – the all-important Overall Young Player of the Year award, where those who have caught the eye in academy and reserve action will battle it out with first-team starlets like Jonny Evans and Rafael da Silva for recognition as the most impressive young player at the club this past season.

Thanks to all those who have voted so far.

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Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year = Richard Eckersley

Posted by nickogs20 on May 11, 2008

Richard EckersleyAt the 2008 MUFC Player Awards, joint reserve team manager Jim Ryan has just announced that the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year for 2007/08 is Richard Eckersley. The defender pipped teammates Tom Cleverley and Sam Hewson to the award, recognition of a strong season where his versatility, commitment and defensive abilities have played a big part in a creditable season for the second string, uncluding a third place league showing and two cup finals.

Like his two fellow nominees, Richard was making the step up from the Academy side for his first full reserve campaign this season and he quickly established himself as a regular, appearing in 22 of the Reds’ 28 competitive matches so far (only James Chester managed more). Most of those outings were at right-back – often ahead of the more experienced Danny Simpson – although the young Salfordian also filled in on the other flank or as an emergency centre-half when required. His consistency, regardless of where asked to play, has been particularly impressive and anything less than total commitment doesn’t seem to be an option for Ecks, although disciplinary problems (two red cards and a number of bookings) suggest that maybe he can be a tad too committed on occasion – something that is always going to be part of the territory for such an aggressive, tough-tackling player but also something that can hopefully be managed a bit more wisely as he matures as a defender.

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