Marcus Rashford achieved a remarkable double at Manchester United’s annual awards ceremony, securing two prestigious honors.
The talented English forward was recognized as United’s Players’ Player of the Year for the 2022-23 season, receiving this accolade at a glamorous event on Monday night.
In addition, he was also bestowed with the esteemed Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, which is determined by fan votes.
Rashford’s achievement is particularly noteworthy as he becomes the first player from the club’s academy to win this award since Ryan Giggs in 1998.
Marcus Rashford expressed his immense gratitude and excitement on Twitter, stating, “Winning both the Sir Matt Busby and Players’ Player of the Year awards tonight is an incredible honor.”
“The support from the fans and my teammates is invaluable to me, and I couldn’t have achieved this without all of you.”
“A heartfelt thanks to the manager and the entire staff for their exceptional support.”
This season has been a remarkable turnaround for the 25-year-old, who showcased his talent by scoring 17 goals in 35 Premier League matches.
With Manchester United making significant improvements under the management of Erik ten Hag, they secured a third-place finish, ensuring their return to the prestigious Champions League tournament.
In addition, Rashford made significant contributions in various competitions throughout the season.
He netted six goals in the Carabao Cup, including one crucial goal in the final that led Manchester United to victory over Newcastle, ending their six-year trophy drought.
Additionally, he scored six goals in the Europa League and has already scored one goal in the FA Cup.
The FA Cup final against Manchester City, who are pursuing a historic Treble, is set to take place next weekend, adding to the anticipation.
Moreover, Rashford achieved a notable milestone during the penultimate league match against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
With his goal in the resounding 4-1 victory, he became the first United player since Robin van Persie in the 2012-13 season, which marked Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign, to reach the milestone of scoring 30 goals across all competitions in a single season.
Furthermore, Rashford had an impressive performance in the World Cup with the England national team during the mid-season period.
He scored a brace in the 3-0 triumph over Wales and also found the net in England’s commanding opening victory against Iran in Qatar.
In December, Manchester United exercised their option to extend Rashford’s contract for an additional 12 months, securing his services until June 2024.
Currently, discussions are underway for a long-term extension, and both Rashford and the club are eager to reach an agreement promptly. Manager Erik ten Hag recently expressed his confidence in finalizing a deal.
In other news, Antony, the Brazilian winger, won United’s goal of the season award.
However, he is facing a race against time to regain fitness for the FA Cup final due to an ankle injury.
The award was bestowed upon Antony for his exceptional goal against Barcelona during the Europa League play-off round, which he scored at Old Trafford back in February.