The most important player?
Usually I would say its your 'match winner' i.e the one who on their own you can rely on to win you the game, when things were going 'tits up'.
We've had a few over the years, but just recently I would say;
David De Gea, has won us games from the position of keeper (e.g.Spurs away a couple of seasons back!)
Rashford's 'lone-striker' goals, important pen's (PSG away) (perhaps why Southgate took a 'punt' with him against Italy?)
Greenwood's (come on as sub) and score winner, goals.
Bruno's penalties, delicate chips and passes to set others in
Pogba's defence splitting( 60yrds+) pin point passes (as well as the odd well timed goal)
Cavani's ( 'dart- across-the-box)'goals;
but for me its Maguire, when hes not playing, nine times out of ten, then neither are we!
Has to be Maguire. He is the leader and captain for a reason. He organises and motivates players when their heads drop in a way no one else in the team does. Football, IMO, is 70% mental, 30% skill and no one handles the mental side as well as our skipper.
I'm happy England did well and that both Maguire and Shaw stepped up this summer but judging on his UNITED form last season and his instant contribution it is without a shadow of a doubt Fernandes. This could change next season offcourse.
Before 2021, I would have had Bruno at the top as he had a sensational 2020 and was holding the whole team together himself. But his form took a dive this year. Let’s see how he starts this season. Pogba was far more influential in our attack when he came back from his hamstring injury.