Every winner of Manchester United's Jimmy Murphy Award from 1982-2022 after Alejandro Garnacho honoured

Alejandro Garnacho has been awarded Manchester United’s prestigious Jimmy Murphy Award for 2021/22.

The award is named after Murphy, who stoically helped Sir Matt Busby rebuild the club after the 1958 disaster.

United announced Garnacho has been awarded the honour and was presented with the Jimmy Murphy Award before the FA Youth Cup final.

Garnacho, 17, has scored the winner in the final, making it 18 goals for the club at academy level this season and provided six assists, and has even been called into the Argentina international squad.

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Garnacho has been a regular in Manchester United’s first team squad in recent weeks and made his Premier League debut in the recent draw with Chelsea.

Nick Cox, head of academy, told the club website: “Alejandro has had a fantastic season and really deserves this recognition.

“Alejandro has shown great determination from the day that he arrived here from Spain, in the middle of a pandemic. He has adapted extremely well to life in Manchester and continues to improve on the pitch every day.

The youngster has scored six goals to lead United to the FA Youth Cup win, in six games. He has also scored for the under-23s, and in the UEFA Youth League.

Former winners of the Jimmy Murphy Award include current teammates Shola Shoretire, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Elanga, along with club legends Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

It is no guarantee he will make it at United, as the mixed success of players who won the award between 1982 and 2022 shows, but it is a great honour to follow in some of the famous names who have done so.

Garnacho has been the most exciting young player to watch in United’s academy this season, despite some strong competition from Sam Mather and Kobbie Mainoo, and his award is fully deserved.

United signed him two years ago from Atletico Madrid and the potential for him is sky high, and new boss Erik ten Hag should enjoy working with him.

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Previous Jimmy Murphy Award winners

  • 1982/83: Norman Whiteside
  • 1983/84: Mark Hughes
  • 1984/85: Mark Hughes
  • 1985/86: Simon Ratcliffe
  • 1986/87: Gary Walsh
  • 1987/88: Lee Martin
  • 1989/90: Lee Martin
  • 1990/91: Ryan Giggs
  • 1991/92: Ryan Giggs
  • 1992/93: Paul Scholes
  • 1993/94: Phil Neville
  • 1994/95: Terry Cooke
  • 1995/96: Ronnie Wallwork
  • 1996/97: John Curtis
  • 1997/98: Wes Brown
  • 1998/99: Wes Brown
  • 1999/00: Bojan Djordjic
  • 2000/01: Alan Tate
  • 2001/02: Paul Tierney
  • 2002/03: Ben Collett
  • 2003/04: Jonathan Spector
  • 2004/05: Giuseppe Rossi
  • 2005/06: Darron Gibson
  • 2006/07: Craig Cathcart
  • 2007/08: Danny Welbeck
  • 2008/09: Federico Macheda
  • 2009/10: Will Keane
  • 2010/11: Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 2011/12: Mats Daehli
  • 2012/13: Ben Pearson
  • 2013/14: James Wilson
  • 2014/15: Axel Tuanzebe
  • 2015/16: Marcus Rashford
  • 2016/17: Angel Gomes
  • 2017/18: Tahith Chong
  • 2018/19: Mason Greenwood
  • 2019/20: Anthony Elanga
  • 2020/21: Shola Shoretire
  • 2021/22: Alejandro Garnacho
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