MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Danny Welbeck of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on April 22, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Over the next few days, we'll be taking your votes for TBB's end of the season community awards. Voting for Manchester United's Player of the Season is already underway so be sure to cast your vote for that if you already haven't (link here). Next up is the voting for Young Player of the Season. Here are the three nominees in alphabetical order:
* David de Gea: It was a rough start to the season for the Spaniard but after the new year arrived, he was tremendous. Being the No. 1 at Manchester United is a difficult task -- especially for a 21-year-old that arrived after a transfer fee just shy of £20 million -- but de Gea grew immensely as the season wore on. The main criticism of the goalkeeper early on was his failure to command his box on crosses. Towards the end of the season though, de Gea's decision-making on whether to come off his line noticeably improved. His reflexes and athletic ability are fantastic. Perhaps it was his sensational save of a Juan Mata free-kick in stoppage time at Stamford Bridge during a 3-3 draw that sparked his turnaround. It was one of the more memorable saves by a United 'keeper in recent seasons. All signs point to many memorable saves in the future as United's No. 1.
* Phil Jones - It was a dream start to the season for the 20-year-old and even he admitted recently that he never expected to play such a prominent role in his debut season at United. His surging runs out of the back -- whether that be from right-back or central-defense -- always had the Old Trafford faithful buzzing while his industry and energy was infectious. He even showed promise in central-midfield. Injuries, and perhaps fatigue, played a part in the dip of form he suffered in the season's latter half. Nonetheless, it was a promising first-season at United and few would have anticipated that he'd make 42 appearances this season -- joint third most at the club this season.
* Danny Welbeck - When manager Sir Alex Ferguson insisted over the past summer that Welbeck would not be going out on loan for the season, many wondered if his progress might be hindered due to Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez (Chicharito), Dimitar Berbatov, and even Michael Owen potentially blocking his way into consistent first-team minutes. However, when Chicharito (last season's winner of this award) sustained a preseason concussion, it was the youngster Welbeck that leapfrogged veterans Berbatov and Owen in the pecking order. The 22-year-old is the epitome of the modern striker with his all-around game and superb athleticism. Perhaps the only criticism is that he doesn't score enough goals (13 goals in 40 appearances) However, many also fail to realize his subtle role in building so many promising attacking moves. Danny is a sensational talent and it was a fine first full season at his boyhood club.
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Manchester United Young Player of the Season?
David de Gea (136 votes)
Phil Jones (17 votes)
Danny Welbeck (92 votes)
245 total votes