Manchester United's Paul Pogba wins UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award
Last Updated: 25/08/17 2:43pm
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been named UEFA Europa League Player of the Season for 2016/17.
The France international beat team-mates Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the prize.
Pogba, who rejoined United from Juventus last year, started all 15 games and scored three times in Europe's second-tier competition to help United lift the trophy for the first time in May.
"I am very happy to be the first one to win the UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award," the 24-year-old said in a statement.
"Hopefully, the new season will be as successful as the last one for both me and my club. Thank you so much."
The winner of the inaugural prize was chosen by a panel of 48 coaches of the clubs that participated in the Europa League group stage last season and 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.
Pogba was also selected to the Europa League squad of the season, along with United team-mates Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic.
Runners-up Ajax Ajax and semi-finalists Celta Vigo and Lyon each contributed three players, while quarter-finalists Anderlecht's Youri Tielemans, who joined Monaco this summer, was also included.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Alvarez (Celta Vigo), Sergio Romero (Manchester United)
Defenders: Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Gustavo Cabral (Celta Vigo), Jeremy Morel (Lyon), Matthijs De Ligt (Ajax), Daley Blind (Manchester United), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Pablo Hernandez (Celta Vigo), Ander Herrera (Manchester United), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Anderlecht), Corentin Tolisso (Lyon), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United), Amin Younes (Ajax)
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Bertrand Traore (Ajax)