Name: Chris Smalling
One of the goalscorers from Monday night’s FA Cup fifth-round victory at Shrewsbury Town, defender Chris Smalling should be crowned Manchester United’s BRIT Awards winner 2016.
The 26-year-old, who has 21 international caps for England and is heavily tipped to star for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions at the 2016 UEFA European Championships this summer in France, has featured in 25 of the club’s 26 Premier League clashes so far this season.
Smalling; who arrived at Old Trafford from Championship outfit Fulham back in July 2010, has scored two goals in 39 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, including a Champions League strike against Wolfsburg back in September.
The commanding centre-half, who has now racked up 191 first-team appearances for United, will be hoping to keep more clean sheets until the end of the 2015/16 campaign as Louis van Gaal’s side currently only sit fifth in the Premier League, six points adrift of arch rivals Manchester City in fourth place.
Smalling has our BRIT nomination due to his impressive progression and development as a crucial first-team player at Old Trafford this term, edging out skipper Wayne Rooney to the award.