Munich - It can sometimes be difficult to stand out in a game when your team is top of the table and dismantles the fifth-placed side away from home with four different goalscorers. Not for FC Bayern München’s .
The 24-year-old was the star of the show as the Reds came from behind to humiliate VfL Wolfsburg 6-1 in the Volkswagen Arena last Saturday, making him the outright winner of the Player of Matchday 24 award as voted for by users of bundesliga.com.
Müller netted twice himself, including the goal to break the Wolves’ brave resistance on 63 minutes and pave the way for the four quick-fire strikes that followed, and also assisted Bayern’s sixth for former Wolfsburg marksman Mario Mandzukic, earning the attacker 56 per cent of the vote. Yet the homegrown star’s performance, crowned with his 11th and 12th goals of the season, was also noteworthy for the personality with which he played.
Bayern had been, by their almost impossibly high standards, well below par in the opening hour in the face of the home side’s intense pressing, but it was the perfect match for Müller to show just how influential a figure he is among the record title-holders. His second goal, expertly taken from Thiago Alcantara’s exquisite pass, roused the Reds from their temporary slumber and laid the foundations for the ruthless onslaught that followed.
Hat-trick hero Huntelaar
In second place in the poll (some way behind Müller) was FC Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, whose clinical hat-trick helped see off 1899 Hoffenheim
4-0 in the Veltins Arena. The 30-year-old might have added a fourth but for a missed penalty, an opportunity that he squandered with a tame chip into the hands of Hoffenheim keeper Koen Casteels, but the treble was nevertheless enough to garner him 18 per cent of users’ approval.
VfB Stuttgart’s 2-2 draw at home to Eintracht Braunschweig was a disappointing result for the Swabians, who have reacted by installing Huub Stevens as their new coach, but one consolation was the performance of Austrian international Martin Harnik. The 26-year-old created a goal for Alexandru Maxim, before netting a cracking strike himself to win 9 per cent of the poll.
Bernd Leno ensured that not just goalscorers were recognised at the weekend, remarkably producing his fifth penalty save of the season to help Bayer 04 Leverkusen to a 1-1 draw at Hannover 96, a feat that helped him to 7 per cent. The same percentage was also achieved by SV Werder Bremen striker Franco Di Santo, whose second goal of the season helped the northerners to a crucial 2-0 win away to fellow relegation battlers 1. FC Nürnberg.
And finally, the astounding efforts of FC Augsburg didn’t go unnoticed among our readers. The unassuming club from Bavaria continued their sensational form this season with a 2-1 win at Borussia Mönchengladbach to leapfrog the Foals and move into sixth place. Tobias Werner netted the winning goal - a deft finish to end a superb team move - that won him 3 per cent of the vote.
Remind yourself of Thomas Müller's contribution to Bayern's 16th league win on the trot here, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: