Philippe Coutinho was the star of our end-of-season awards ceremony on Thursday night.
Our 23-year-old magician went home with four awards, including the prestigious ‘Player of the Season’ and ‘Goal of the Season’. He also picked up ‘Performance of the Season’ and ‘Players’ Player of the Season’ (via Echo).
It is the second consecutive season that he’s won Player of the Season – an award voted for by fans. When collecting the award, he paid tribute to his newly-born daughter:
“This year has been very special for me because my daughter was born” he said. “She gives me the strength to work hard every day”
(Perhaps he should have a new daughter every year!)
The Goal of the Season award was given for his wonderful solo effort at Old Trafford in the second leg of the last 16 of the Europa League. “Yes it was a good goal, but the most important thing is that it helped beat THEM!” he joked.
The Performance of the Season award was given for his fine display in our 4-1 win over Man City at the Etihad in late November.
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Elsewhere, Emre Can won ‘Young Player of the Season’ and Steve Heighway was given a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.
Here’s the list of winners in full:
Player of the Season – Philippe Coutinho
Goal of the Season – Philippe Coutinho
Performance of the Season – Philippe Coutinho
Young Player of the Season – Emre Can
Team Players’ Player of the Season – Philippe Coutinho
Academy Players’ Player of the Season – Brad Smith
Ladies’ Players’ Player of the Season – Martha Harris
Supporter Club of the Year – Gauteng, South Africa
Staff Recognition Award – Terry Forsyth
Lifetime Achievement Award – Steve Heighway
Bill Shankly Community Award – Marie Rooney