“As a defender, you don’t know what to do, you show him one side and he cuts on to the other and then BANG, he scores”. That was Jim Beglin describing Mason Greenwood after he scored his second against Bournemouth in July. Manchester United fans had been waiting patiently for him to get into the first team and step up his performances, and he has done that in quite some fashion this season. It will only be fair to say that he is a golden boy with the world at his feet.
Ole took a big call and allowed both of the senior forwards, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, leave without getting any replacement for them at the start of the season. He was heavily criticized for that. He insisted that he trusted his young players and urged the trio of Rashford, Martial and Greenwood to step up. They accepted the challenge with pleasure and took their game to the next level. The trio has already scored 61 goals this season. Greenwood, in particular, playing only his first full season in the premier league has already bagged 17 goals this season. In doing so, he has equaled the club record for most goals scored in a season as a teenager. He has joined the elite list of George Best, Wayne Rooney and Brian Kidd by achieving this feat.
Greenwood is ambidextrous, which just makes life difficult for a defender. His composure and temperament on the ball is probably second to none in his age group. Nicky Butt, the head of first team development at Manchester United, has gone on to say that he is the best youngster he has seen at the club. His willingness to improve sets him apart from the rest. His technical prowess had been on show the whole season, but he was easily brushed off the ball by defenders. He identified the problem and put in work during the lockdown to improve that area. He put on a few kilos in muscle weight and the results are clearly visible. Not only does he hold the ball better now but feels more equipped to help the team defensively as well.
Mason could not have asked for a better coach than Solskjaer at this stage of his career. Ole can use his experience to help him shape an incredible career at the club. Manchester United certainly have a generational talent in their hands for whom, only sky’s the limit.