Marcus Rashford has been nominated for the prestigious European Golden Boy award, according to Manchester United’s official website. The young man from Wythenshawe is on a shortlist of 25 players, and it’s the second time he’s been up for the award in his fledgeling career.
Last term, Rashford narrowly finished in second place, as he was beaten by Renato Sanches who had just secured a move to Bayern Munich after helping his native Portugal win the European Championships.
Competition will be equally as stiff this year, too. In my opinion, the frontrunner is Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain, who rose to prominence in the Champions League with AS Monaco last season. Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City is also in contention, but he spent the back end of last season out injured – which could rule him out.
The Red Devils are the only side in the world to have multiple winners of the award, with Wayne Rooney, Anderson and Anthony Martial all winning it when on United’s books. Paul Pogba also won the trophy, but at the time he was playing for Juventus.
I’ve always liked the concept of the Golden Boy award, as it’s voted for by journalists across the world. The winner is set to be announced in December.