17 year old Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has impressed during pre-season for Manchester United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even predicting he could start the season opener against Chelsea.
“He’s got a chance to start that one [against Chelsea] definitely,” admitted the Norwegian.
“He’s capable, more than capable. He’ll always be there in and around the box creating chances. I won’t say that that’s not a possibility. It’s a good possibility if he keeps going as he does. It’s difficult to keep players out if they keep playing well.”
Here’s everything you need to know about Greenwood, who has scored against Leeds and Inter Milan during pre-season:
1. Greenwood scored 46 goals in 43 appearances for United’s U18s and U23s.
2. Greenwood’s pace was one of the reasons he was moved from the No 10 role to an out-and-out striker in United’s academy.
3. Greenwood became the youngest player in United history to play in the Champions League at 17 years, five months and five days. He came off the bench in the famous victory over PSG in Paris that put United through to the quarter-final.
4. Greenwood loves to commit opponents and frequently knocks the ball past a challenger before using his acceleration to glide past them.
5. Greenwood is able to use both feet without even the slightest drop in quality.
Former United stalwart Clayton Blackmore told the Manchester Evening News about the striker: “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!”
6. Marcus Rashford has hailed Greenwood as a natural finisher.
7. Juan Mata has hailed the mentality of the 17 year old striker.
“Mason has a lot of qualities and the most important one is his mentality,” Mata said, via BBC Sport.
“He’s hungry to improve and to give his all for the team.
“We are very happy he’s finding his feet in the first team and gaining confidence. I am sure he’ll score many goals for this club.”