All three candidates have played their own vital roles in Man United’s surge towards the U21s Premier League title which they are now closing in on given their current position at the top of table.
The last two winners of the award have been Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson who have both gone on join the first-team since, so there is every chance we’ll see this year’s winner on the pre-season tour.
If they can impress on the pre-season tour, Louis van Gaal could give them spots in the first-team squad next season so there is a great opportunity ahead of all of them.
Speaking to United’s official website, Joyce explained exactly why he has chosen Grimshaw, Love and Pereira as his three nominations for the award
“I think Grimmy had to bide his time a little bit and then had to accustom himself to playing in central midfield because he’d spent a lot of time as a youth-team player at centre half. Last season, he missed a year with illness really but his enthusiasm is so infectious within the group. His training levels every single day have been really good. When you’ve got someone like that, it really helps when you’ve got small numbers as he’s enthusiastic about filling in so you can manipulate things to try and recreate match situations and he’s been invaluable in doing that.”
“Donald has been really consistent all season and has played in a variety of positions. Certainly, his decision-making is getting better now and he’s more confident and on the front foot. He is a very powerful and quick lad with good technique. He’s probably played at right-back, right wing-back, right-sided centre-half, middle centre-half, left-back, on the right of three in midfield and right of four or five in midfield. So he’s shown his versatility! We are trying to produce footballers with good technical ability who are good athletes and are adept in one-versus-one situations. He’s got a lot of those boxes ticked.”
“It has been a funny season as we have a small group on a day-to-day basis. Andreas is one of the lads who has not always trained with us because he’s been involved in the first team so it’s difficult for him to move between squads at times. However, he has shown a high-quality level of skills when he has played and trained with us, even though it is not always easy when moving between the teams, and he has performed well regularly in the Under-21 team.”