Mason Greenwood is the latest in a long list of talents to come through the Manchester United academy.
Manchester United legend, and former academy coach, Clayton Blackmore, says he has got it all; and has a great chance of forging at successful career at Old Trafford.
“He’s great on the ball and very good with both feet. He’s the first person I’ve seen that takes penalties and free-kicks with his wrong foot. I’ve never come across anyone like that!
“He’s got a great chance”, Blackmore said.
Still aged just 16, Greenwood joined Manchester United in July 2018 & finished the season as the top goal-scorer in the u-18 Premier League North; which United won.
He was an integral part of Kieran McKenna’s team and finished the campaign with 17 goals in 19 appearances for the academy team.
Moreover, Greenwood, who has just sat his GCSE’S this summer, was awarded the player of the tournament in the Netherlands as United won the ICGT trophy.
His form in the academy earned him a call up for the first-team this summer for their pre-season tour of the United States. He was one of a number of academy players to make the squad, with the likes of James Garner, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes joining him in LA.
Greenwood, who is an u-17 England international, is comfortable using both feet and began his career as midfield player.
However, it was as a centre-forward and at number 10 where he really excelled for McKenna’s side.
With the likes of Marcus Rashford & Romelu Lukaku on extended breaks following their journey to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, United are light on light on forward options for now, and Greenwood began on the bench for the opening game of the tour against Mexican side Club America.
He came on as a second half substitute in the 1-1 draw between the two sides to make his Manchester United debut.
Further, Greenwood replaced Alexis Sanchez with 25 minutes to go in the second game against San Jose Earthquakes.
Clearly, he is highly thought of and is not just there for the holiday. It is great to see the likes of Greenwood, Chong and Garner get minutes with the first team on tour; how else can we measure their progress?
Similarly, it is imperative that Mourinho manages Mason Greenwood in the correct manner, as Sir Alex Ferguson did all those years ago with the likes of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.
In the modern game, there is added pressure on aspiring footballers at the top clubs. It is vital they are developed at a steady pace. Introducing these young talents in the latter half of games gives them enough time to showcase what they can do, but also eliminates the pressure of being thrown straight into the starting eleven.
It is great to see United carry on the tradition of blooding youngsters in the first team and I hope to see more of Mason Greenwood in the future.
As the great Sir Matt Busby once said, “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.”
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