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Four Manchester United Starlets Nominated For Prestigious Golden Boy Award

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Winning goalscorer Marcus Rashford of Manchester United (R) and team mate Timothy Fosu-Mensah celebrate victory after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on March 20, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Barring the FA Cup victory last May, introduction and development of youth players was the main success of Louis van Gaal’s time at Manchester United.

The Iron Tulip oversaw the debuts of several young stars produced in the club’s famed academy throughout his disastrous two-year reign at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho was the immediate favourite to succeed Van Gaal following his overdue dismissal but many fans maintained reservations about The Special One’s record with teenagers. They’ve quickly been proven correct, regardless of what Jose may say. Marcus Rashford has barely seen in a minute in his best position, Timothy Fosu-Mensah hasn’t really seen a minute whatsoever while just two academy products have been handed debuts despite a massive fixture backlog and numerous injuries.

Marcus Rashford has barely seen in a minute in his best position, Timothy Fosu-Mensah hasn’t really seen a minute whatsoever while just two academy products have been handed debuts despite a massive fixture backlog and numerous injuries.

However, a boost has arrived for Rashford and Fosu-Mensah with the news that both have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Boy award.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07:  Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates with Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Manchester United after scoring his second and his sides fourth goal during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford on January 7, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Luke Shaw, who arrived from Southampton in 2014 as the game’s most expensive teenager also makes the lengthy list alongside United loanee Adnan Januzaj.

Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele and Bayern Munchen’s Renato Sanches are favourites for the award claimed by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Paul Pogba in the past. And Anderson.

It was set up by Italian newspaper Tuttosport in 2003 to give recognition to the best under-21 player in the game. Journalists across Europe will vote on the winner in the coming weeks.

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Author: The PA Team

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