Mason Greenwood

Greenwood makes 40-man Golden Boy shortlist

Friday 17 September 2021 10:58

Manchester United's 19-year-old forward Mason Greenwood has made it to the next stage of voting for the prestigious Golden Boy award.

Greenwood came 12th in the 2020 rankings, behind the likes of Manchester City's Phil Foden, new United signing Jadon Sancho and eventual winner, Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland.

And our no.11 is once again in the running to be named Europe's best player under the age of 21, as he is one of 40 contenders remaining from the original list of 100, which was announced in June.

United pair among Golden Boy nominees


Two Reds are in the frame as the first list of contenders for the 2021 youth prize are announced.

As usual, there is intense competition for the award, handed out by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, although Mason is one of the most experienced players in contention, having already racked up a century of Reds appearances.

Greenwood's fellow England internationals Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka are among the favourites, with new Real Madrid signing Eduardo Camavinga also on the shortlist.

Highly rated Bundesliga stars Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich) and Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) could also be in with a shout, as could Barcelona's Pedri after his stellar showings for Spain at Euro 2020.

Mason will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the stars who have previously claimed the award, including team-mate Anthony Martial, who won in 2015.

Wayne Rooney (2004) and Anderson (2008) have also been named the brightest talent playing on the continent, while with United, and Paul Pogba came top as a Juventus player in 2013.

You can vote for Mason here.

The list will then be shortened to a final 20, before journalists from various European newspaper, including L'Equipe, Bild, The Times and Marca, decide on their eventual winner.