Rashford wins award for high-scoring season

Wednesday 30 August 2023 08:59

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been named as the PFA Fans' Player of the Year for 2022/23.

This latest honour, announced at the annual PFA awards on Tuesday night, comes just a few days after Rashford's influential display helped the Reds to secure a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Nottingham Forest.

It adds to his double success in our club awards at the end of last season, when the Academy graduate was voted Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year by United fans and declared the Players' Player of the Year too.

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Our no.10 was in inspired form for Erik ten Hag's side last term, netting a career-high 30 goals across all competitions, as United finished third in the Premier League and lifted the Carabao Cup.

Upon the conclusion of the campaign, Rashford joined Manchester City's Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne on the shortlist for the PFA's fans award, along with Arsenal pair Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard, and former Tottenham talisman Harry Kane.

Following what would have undoubtedly been a fiercely-contested fan vote, Rashford emerged as the victor.

Marcus's triumph makes him the first Red to claim this particular accolade since 2010, when it was presented to Wayne Rooney for a second time following his success in 2006.

Since the inception of the PFA Fan's Player of the Year award in 2001, only one other United player has won it - Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo was triumphant in two consecutive years, 2007 and 2008, and in both years he also received the main PFA Player of the Year trophy.

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Rashford signed a new contract with United in July, and made his ambitions clear.

“I can assure you that I will give everything to help the team reach the level we are capable of, and I can feel the same determination around the dressing room,” he said. “I couldn’t be more excited for the future under this manager.”

If the Reds are to achieve the ambitions he spoke about, then the chances of individual success will also increase. And if the 25-year-old's performance against Forest at the weekend is anything to go by, the signs are there that our no.10 can be just as influential this term as he was last season.

Congratulations on your award, Marcus!