Manchester United trio Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are among the eight players nominated for the Premier League’s Young Player of the Season award.
While Liverpool players dominated the Player of the Season shortlist, there is a heavy Manchester United influence among the Young Player of the Season nominees.
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are among the eight players nominated after the three forwards scored 44 league goals between them to help United to third place in the table and a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Premier League 2019/20 Young Player of the Season nominees
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool
Jack Grealish – Aston Villa
Mason Greenwood – Manchester United
Dean Henderson – Manchester United/Sheffield United
Anthony Martial – Manchester United
Mason Mount – Chelsea
Christian Pulisic – Chelsea
Marcus Rashford -Manchester United
Both Rashford and Martial had personal-best seasons in front of goal, scoring 17 times each in the league to finish as United’s joint-top scorers, while Rashford was also the club’s joint-highest provider with seven assists.
In addition, Greenwood contributed 10 goals in 31 games during a breakout season for the 18-year-old.
Also nominated for the Young Player of the Season award is Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who spent the 2019/20 campaign with Sheffield United.
The 23-year-old recorded 13 clean sheets – the third-highest in the league – in 36 games to help the Blades to a highly respectable ninth-place finish on their return to the top flight.
Henderson’s performances during the 2019/20 season were so impressive that he is set to earn a new long-term contract at Old Trafford, and could even challenge David de Gea for the No 1 spot at United next term.
Chelsea duo Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic make the shortlist after helping the Blues to a top-four finish during their first seasons in the Premier League.
Mount recorded seven goals and five assists – including one of each in the 2-0 win over Wolves that secured Champions League qualification on the final day – and played in all but one of Chelsea’s games.
Pulisic overcame a slow start to the season and a long-term injury to shine for Chelsea following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, scoring nine goals to finish as the club’s second-highest scorer, as well as four assists.
The nominations for Young Player of the Season are rounded off by Jack Grealish, who played a key role in keeping Aston Villa in the Premier League following promotion.
He topped the charts for both goals and assists at Villa during the 2019/20 campaign, with eight and six respectively, and scored in their final-day draw at West Ham that helped to secure their top-flight status.