Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has missed out to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland for the European ‘Golden Boy’ award.
The prize, which is given to a player under the age of 21 who has excelled in one of the top European leagues, is voted for by journalists around Europe and organised by Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
Barcelona’s Ansu Fati came second in the voting, while Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies came third. Haaland, though, is a more than deserving winner, having bagged 44 goals in all competitions for both Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund last season.
The Norwegian international was a January target for United but they missed out on signing the 20-year-old. Even so, Greenwood’s inclusion in the top 20 was a great achievement and a ringing endorsement for the player whose breakthrough campaign saw him score 17 goals in 49 appearances for the Red Devils.
Other Premier League names on the ‘Golden Boy’ shortlist included the likes of Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi.