Marcus Rashford has been named Manchester United’s Under-18s Player of the Year by the club’s coaching staff, after what has been an incredible breakthrough season for the young forward.
The 18 year old began the 2015/16 campaign with the academy and also featured in the Under-19s UEFA Youth League campaign, enjoying a hot streak of 8 goals in 6 games in September.
A handful of appearances for the Under-21’s followed at the turn of the year, before Rashford was called up into the Manchester United first team after Anthony Martial was injured in the warm up before United’s all important 2nd leg Europa League clash against FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford.
The Mancunian grabbed his opportunity in some style, scoring twice against FC Midtjylland in a 5-1 victory at Old Trafford before adding two more in his next outing three days later against Arsenal.
Winning goals followed against Manchester City and Aston Villa, plus a sensational strike against West Ham United in the FA Cup have further boosted Rashford’s senior credentials.
Speaking to ManUtd.com after collecting the award, Rashford said “It has been a bit crazy really as everything happened at once, so it’s difficult to take in. That worked in my favour as I didn’t really have time to think about it.”
“It means a lot coming from Manchester. It’s what dreams are made of when you are born here; it was everything I was looking forward to. I am happy.”
“It’s important for me to thank all the coaching staff from the Under-18s, Colin Little, Nicky Butt, Paul McGuinness and Warren Joyce. They are the ones who have helped me get to where I am, so it’s important to thank them.”