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Man of the Match candidates:
Alex Büttner
Michael Carrick
Javier Hernandez
Antonio Valencia

Cast your vote here

19/05/2013 18:17, Report by Adam Marshall

Vote: Man of the match

United sent Sir Alex Ferguson into retirement with an incredible 5-5 draw against West Brom.

The Reds should have ended a successful campaign with another victory but conceded three late goals, two of them to hat-trick hero Romelu Lukaku, to finish with a point - which actually extended the lead at the summit due to Manchester City's shock defeat against Norwich.

The amazing turnaround caused a rethink regarding the candidates for the Man of the Match accolade but we have four players to choose from.

Antonio Valencia was back to the form that saw him sweep the board at last year's awards ceremony as he terrorised the Baggies' defence all afternoon. Although listed as a right-back on the team-sheet, the Ecuador international attacked at will and played a key role.

Javier Hernandez may have spurned a few chances but there was much to admire in his work and he was involved in two of the first three goals. Justice was done when he finally got on the scoresheet by touching in Ryan Giggs' inviting centre. Michael Carrick was captain for the day and performed with elegance and confidence, looking every inch the top class operator he has become in midfield.

Alex Büttner is the only representative from the defence, due to the number of goals conceded, as he produced another spiky performance, topped up with his second goal in only four Barclays Premier League starts. Not only that, the Dutchman also hit the bar with a cross and can be well pleased with his debut season.

Cast your vote at www.manutd.com/polls.


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