By Andy Hyslop
- Four of United’s academy graduates have received Premier League awards
Four of Manchester United academy graduates have received awards from the Premier League in recognition of their step-up to the Old Trafford first-team this season.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Donald Love, Marcus Rashford and James Weir have all made the step-up from the academy teams to make their first-team debuts this term. all four have received special awards from the Premier League today in recognition of their achievements.
Borthwick-Jackson was the first one to make his debut when he came on as substitute for Marcos Rojo in United’s 2-0 win over West Brom in November. Borthwick-Jackson has made 13 appearances for the first-team this season
Donald Love also made his first-team bow as a substitute, replaced an injured Matteo Darmian in the first-half of United’s 2-1 defeat away to Sunderland. Love also started the following game against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.
Rashford is the one who has grabbed all the headlines, making his debut against FC Midtjylland as a late replacement for an injured Martial. Rashford scored twice against the Danes and follow that up with two goals against Arsenal in the Premier League.
Rashford has been an ever-present in the team since then and has scored seven goals in his 16 first-team appearances to date. With some even calling for the young forward to be included by Roy Hodgson in England’s squad this summer.
Under-21s captain Weir also made his debut in that game against Arsenal, coming on as a late substitute for Ander Herrera.
The players were handed their awards by two former graduates of the Manchester United academy system in Nicky Butt and Chris Casper.
Butt is now Head of the Academy at United, while Casper works as a support manager for the Premier League. Butt spoke to Manutd.com about his pride in seeing these players make their first steps in a long career.
It’s been brilliant to see so many young lads given their chance in the first team this season.
The club has always prided itself on nurturing and developing youngsters with the main aim to get them into the first team. It’s a fantastic feeling when you step out for your first Premier League game. All the lads have shown they have the talent and the right attitude to do well and hopefully there will be many more opportunities for them.