The Belgian teenager has gone from strength to strength after collecting the fan-voted award in 2013 and has proved that progress through the ranks into the Reds' first team remains possible. Reece James, Saidy Janko and Charni Ekangamene are the trio put forward by the coaching staff this season for their efforts at Under-21 level.
"[Being nominated] is very pleasing for us," Reece James told ManUtd.com. "Look at who won it last season, Adnan, and what he has done since then. We all strive to do that ourselves.
"He was with us in the Under-21s last year and we all look up to him and the things he's achieved so far in his career. He is already making massive strides and it's definitely something we'd love to experience ourselves."
Swiss youngster Janko is also delighted to be on the shortlist and excited to have made it through to the Barclays Under-21 Premier League semi-finals with Friday's fixture at Liverpool looming large.
"I'm proud and pleased to be nominated," he enthused. "It's nice. Adnan won it last year and now he's in the first team and is in contention for the overall Player of the Year.
"As a team, we had to get in the Under-21 play-offs and hopefully we can reach the final now and win it. It's been a