It has been a mixed week for the Premier League’s hottest young talent.
Marcus Rashford and his Manchester United team-mates suffered a 4-0 thumping at Chelsea while cross-town rivals Manchester City had to call on clinical youngster Kelechi Iheanacho to rescue a point against Southampton. Stand-out Spurs man Dele Alli meanwhile was frustrated by Bournemouth.
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All of them though, ultimately fell short as one of Europe’s other leading young lights picked up a much-coveted award.
Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has been named the European Golden Boy for 2016.
The 19-year-old lifted the Euro 2016 trophy with Portugal in the summer and was also named the best young player at the tournament.
Sanches’ strong showing for Benfica last term was also taken into account by the journalists at 30 of Europe’s top newspapers, who decide the winner. The midfielder beat Rashford of United into second place while fellow Bayern prospect Kingsley Coman was third.
Manchester United had been thought to have been interested in signing Sanches in the summer before his £28 million move to Bavaria.
Rashford’s current team-mates Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba have taken down the award in the previous two years, while Alli and Iheanacho were among several young Premier League stars on this year’s shortlist.