Man United ‘CANCEL end of season awards dinner’ following abysmal campaign under Erik ten Hag… because club ‘doesn’t want to distract players’ ahead of FA Cup final with Man City


  • United have reportedly called off the dinner for the second time in three years
  • Erik ten Hag and management want players to be focused on the FA Cup final 
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Manchester United have reportedly cancelled their end of season awards meal, originally scheduled for May 20.

The club claims it is because they do not want to distract players ahead of the FA Cup final against Manchester City five days later. 

In a tradition dating back more than a decade, United typically hand out prizes to their men’s, women’s, and academy team players at a black-tie soiree.

That includes the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year Award, previously won by Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, and Roy Keane.

However, the ceremony will not go ahead after Erik ten Hag and management were consulted, according to The Athletic

Manchester United's end of season award ceremony has reportedly been cancelled amid the club's dismal campaign

Manchester United’s end of season award ceremony has reportedly been cancelled amid the club’s dismal campaign

The awards ceremony has a tradition dating back more than a decade but was also called off in 2022

The awards ceremony has a tradition dating back more than a decade but was also called off in 2022

It is the second time in three years that the Red Devils have called off the event.

Players requested the ceremony to be cancelled after the 2021/22 season, in which United came sixth in the Premier League.

Ten Hag’s men are on course for the worst finish in the club’s Premier League history as they sit eighth, having won one of their last eight league games. 

The awards will still be voted for and handed out among the players, but there will be no gathering devoted to them.

That’s despite the success of the women’s side, who lifted the FA Cup on Sunday thanks to a 4-0 win over Tottenham.  

It is also a shame United’s ‘goal of the season’ will not get a public showing as that is a crowded field. 

Alejandro Garnacho, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Kobbie Mainoo, Diogo Dalot, and Rasmus Hojlund might all have fancied themselves to win the award.

While the women’s team had everything to celebrate at Wembley, it was a stormy day for the men’s team at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Players will still vote for and receive awards, but will have no ceremony to celebrate them

Players will still vote for and receive awards, but will have no ceremony to celebrate them 

The women's team won the FA Cup final against Tottenham on Sunday in a 4-0 Wembley rout

The women’s team won the FA Cup final against Tottenham on Sunday in a 4-0 Wembley rout 

The men's team endured a miserable 1-0 defeat by Arsenal under biblical rain and are on course for the club's worst Premier League finish

The men’s team endured a miserable 1-0 defeat by Arsenal under biblical rain and are on course for the club’s worst Premier League finish 

Arsenal have taken the title race against Manchester City to the final day of the season

Arsenal have taken the title race against Manchester City to the final day of the season 

They succumbed 1-0 to Arsenal after a Leandro Trossard goal, though as much attention was given to the stadium’s apparent inability to cope with the inclement weather.

The away dressing room flooded while a deluge of rain cascaded into one corner of the ground due to a roof leak, with a torrent pouring under seats. 

‘Old Trafford is falling down,’ sang the Arsenal fans. 





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