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Premier League young player of the year shortlist – Manchester United trio nominated

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Manchester United attackers Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have all been named on the shortlist for the inaugural TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season Award.

The award, which is for players who were aged 23 or under at the start of the 2019-20 season, will be voted for by fans.

Martial will turn 25 later this year but was still included. The Frenchman scored 17 league goals this season, with Rashford matching that tally. Greenwood, meanwhile, found the net on ten occasions. 

Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford have been nominated for the Premier League young player of the season award

Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford have been nominated for the Premier League young player of the season award

Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford have been nominated for the Premier League young player of the season award

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was key to Liverpool's title success, has also been nominated

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was key to Liverpool's title success, has also been nominated

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was key to Liverpool’s title success, has also been nominated

Chelsea starlet Mason Mount has been nominated following an encouraging campaign

Chelsea starlet Mason Mount has been nominated following an encouraging campaign

Chelsea starlet Mason Mount has been nominated following an encouraging campaign

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON AWARD NOMINEES 

Trent Alexander-Arnold (age 21) – Liverpool

Jack Grealish (age 24) – Aston Villa

Mason Greenwood (age 18) – Manchester United

Dean Henderson (age 23) – Sheffield United

Anthony Martial (age 24) – Manchester United

Mason Mount (age 21) – Chelsea

Christian Pulisic (age 21) – Chelsea

Marcus Rashford (age 22) – Manchester United 

Here are five who missed out:

Bukayo Saka (age 18) – Arsenal 

Tammy Abraham (age 22) – Chelsea

Declan Rice (age 21) – West Ham

Reece James (age 20) – Chelsea

Dwight McNeil (age 20) – Burnley

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Another individual with Manchester United connections, goalkeeper Dean Henderson, is also in contention after he kept 13 clean sheets while on loan at Sheffield United.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who played a key part as Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for a league title, is certainly the favourite for the award. In addition to excelling defensively, the right-back provided 13 assists.

Chelsea duo Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount have also been nominated for the prize. Pulisic dazzled in the closing stages of the campaign especially, while Mount stepped up impressively in his first season in the Premier League.

Christian Pulisic showed some encouraging signs during his first Premier League season

Christian Pulisic showed some encouraging signs during his first Premier League season

Christian Pulisic showed some encouraging signs during his first Premier League season

Dean Henderson is under consideration after he made some superb saves for Sheffield United

Dean Henderson is under consideration after he made some superb saves for Sheffield United

Dean Henderson is under consideration after he made some superb saves for Sheffield United

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish was nominated despite the fact that he will turn 25 next month

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish was nominated despite the fact that he will turn 25 next month

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was nominated despite the fact that he will turn 25 next month

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka surprisingly wasn't dominated despite some excellent performances

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka surprisingly wasn't dominated despite some excellent performances

Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka surprisingly wasn’t dominated despite some excellent performances

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, who scored eight goals and provided six assists as his side preserved their Premier League status, completes the list of nominees. Grealish will be 25 next month.

One surprising omission from the list of nominees is Bukayo Saka, with the Arsenal starlet failing to make the cut despite enjoying an impressive breakthrough campaign during which he excelled in various positions. 

Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham scored 15 Premier League goals but wasn’t included. 

Fans are able to vote until 6pm on August 10 on TAG Heuer’s website

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