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Will Keane – Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year

Posted by nickogs20 on May 4, 2010

It’s the night of the annual Manchester United Player of the Year Awards, and the first gong of the evening has gone to Will Keane, the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year for 2009/2010.

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And the winners are…

Posted by nickogs20 on May 18, 2009

Nemanja Vidic may have stolen all the headlines after scooping the Players’ Player of the Year and Sir Matt Busby Fans’ Player of the Year gongs at last night’s Manchester United Player Awards for 2009, but he wasn’t the only one taking home some silverware. As well as Cristiano Ronaldo recieving a second successive Goal of the Season award, there was recognition for two of the club’s most promising youngsters – James Chester and Federico Macheda being named (respectively) as the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year and the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year.

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Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year = Danny Welbeck

Posted by nickogs20 on May 11, 2008

Danny WelbeckUnited U18 manager Paul McGuinness has just announced Danny Welbeck as the winner of the 2007/08 Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award. Welbeck follows in the footsteps of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Wes Brown, as well as last year’s winner Craig Cathcart, and richly deserves the accolade on the back of a fine season at both reserve and academy level.

Despite only being a first-year scholar, it was already clear by the time Danny turned 17 in October last year that he’d outgrown Academy football. 9 goals in 15 games – nearly all of those in the first half of the season – were enough to see him promoted rapidly to the reserve side, where he recovered from a slow start to end the season with a further 7 goals in 17 appearances (just 11 of those starts), including a terrific hattrick against Manchester City. His performances at both levels were enough to see him regularly involved in first-team training sessions and named on the bench for the Champions League Quarter Final 2nd leg against Roma, while he also made a first-team debut of sorts in the January friendly against Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia (we’ll gloss over the penalty miss).

Without wanting to go overboard, the last youngster at United to make such an impact so early in their career was arguably Ryan Giggs back in 1991. The strength of the current first-team squad and the way football in this country has changed in the last seventeen years will mean Danny’s introduction to the first-team (should it happen) will be far more gradual and cautious than Giggsy’s was, but it’s no less exciting a prospect.

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