Marcus Rashford has been once again nominated for the annual Golden Boy award following a superb 12 months at Manchester United.
The 19-year-old came second to Renato Sanches in 2016 after the Portuguese earned a move to Bayern Munich and then claimed a Euro 2016 winner’s medal.
His biggest rivals this time around will be Paris Saint Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, who has scored 29 goals for club and country over the past year, and Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.
But Rashford, selected alongside 26 other players for this year’s award, ought to fancy his chances following another superb year at Old Trafford during which he won the Europa League and League Cup.
Other nominees include AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and AS Monaco’s Youri Tielemans, yet none of the above come even close to what Rashford has achieved in the last 12 months.
That he made more appearances (53) than any other Man United player last season speaks volumes about the maturity he has developed under Mourinho. He is not just a raw diamond capable of exciting crowds; he is an indispensable asset for a side expected to challenge for the title this season.
This award will, of course, fall on the lap of Mbappe, who has enjoyed a truly special rise to prominence in France, but Rashford can be confident of claiming the prestigious honour – won by Anthony Martial in 2015 – next year.