Manchester United starlet forced to settle for second place in Golden Boy award voting

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Bayern Munich and Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches has won the 2016 Golden Boy award, beating Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford to it.

The annual award is run by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, who collect votes to establish who Europe’s best player under the age of 21 is.

Having impressed for Benfica last season, making 47 appearances in all competitions and scoring six goals, the 19-year-old earned himself a summer move to Bayern prior to Euro 2016.

However, his performances in France this past summer were pivotal in Portugal winning the tournament, and so evidently making an impact for both club and country was crucial in the voting as he beat out 39 other individuals.

Meanwhile, United missed out on seeing their players win back-to-back awards after Anthony Martial won it last year, with Rashford coming in second place in voting.

The England international had a stunning breakthrough year at Old Trafford and should be proud of his achievements thus far, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to earn him top spot.

Elsewhere, France and Bayern winger Kingsley Coman finished third while AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma came in the top 10 having established himself as a starter at just 17 years of age while also making his Italy debut earlier this year.

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