Dylan Levitt, James Garner and Mason Greenwood

Three contenders for our Under-18s Player of the Year

Saturday 04 May 2019 13:31

The next recipient of the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year trophy - awarded to Manchester United's best Under-18 prospect over the course of a season - will be revealed on Thursday night,

James Garner, Mason Greenwood and Dylan Levitt have the opportunity to follow in some famous footsteps as previous winners include Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil Neville, Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and Marcus Rashford.

There is a plaque to mark the winners at the Jimmy Murphy Centre at the Aon Training Complex and one of their names will adorn it soon.

James Garner played at the back in the FA Youth Cup victory over Chelsea.

Garner, Greenwood and Levitt have all produced stellar displays for Neil Ryan's Under-18s during the 2018/19 campaign.

They have also broken into Ricky Sbragia's Under-23s line-up and performed in the UEFA Youth League for Nicky Butt's team. James and Mason have, of course, already made their senior debuts under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

You can vote for the Under-18 Player of the Year now in our official app.

Voting will close at 23:59 BST on Wednesday 8 May ahead of the dinner the following night, which is being screened live on the app and MUTV.


The midfield pivot spent much of the campaign with the Under-23s (he has been nominated for the Denzil Haroun trophy as well) but also lent his experience to the Under-18s on five occasions in the league and also in the FA Youth Cup. He revisited a position he used to adopt in the younger age groups by operating at centre-back, including in the thrilling third-round success against holders Chelsea.

The boy from Birkenhead played home and away against Liverpool, and scored his only domestic goal of the season in the fixture on Merseyside, by converting a penalty he earned in the 3-1 victory in August.

A calm head when appearing either in the middle of the park or defence, he also shone in the UEFA Youth League as United won our qualifying group for the first time in the competition.

The Under-18 award nominees prepare to face the MUTV cameras at the Aon Training Complex.


The striker enjoyed another fabulous year at youth level, earning the top scorer accolade for the second successive campaign. An obvious highlight was the sensational hat-trick, and outstanding individual display, in the 4-3 FA Youth Cup win over Chelsea.

The Yorkshire-born youngster also hit a treble in a league triumph at Blackburn Rovers in September and smashed two free-kicks past Liverpool in the Under-18 Premier League Cup quarter-final. His final run-out for Ryan's boys featured both goals in the 2-1 success at Derby County, although he is still eligible for this level in 2019/20.

That said, Greenwood has already showed his potential in the Under-23s, scoring on his debut at Wolves, and he came off the bench for the first team on three occasions. The 17-year-old was not considered for this award last year due to his schoolboy status but is fully deserving of a place on the shortlist this time around.

Mason Greenwood celebrates a goal at Derby for the Under-18s.


The young Welshman has shown progress over the course of the campaign and transferred his midfield skills into the Under-23s towards the end of the season.

A shrewd operator in the middle of the park, he passes the ball positively and managed six assists in the Under-18 Premier League, while also being able to hit the net himself, particularly from the penalty spot. He kept his composure to score one last-minute effort at Everton to collect three valuable points and also earned a draw in the last Manchester derby from 12 yards after netting a brace in the home game against the Blues.

The Bodelwyddan-born prospect wore the captain's armband in the 7-0 win at Sunderland and was clearly one of those pushed on after members of Ricky Sbragia's squad went out on loan in January. He can be well pleased with his work this year and can look forward to cementing a place in the Under-23s in 2019/20, after ending his time in the Academy on a high.

Dylan Levitt has proved himself to be an excellent penalty taker under pressure.


It is now time to have your say on who collects the trophy on Thursday 9 May.

You can vote for James, Mason or Dylan now in the official app.

*Appearances and goals stated in this article are for the Under-18 Premier League.