Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood won the plaudits of fans and pundits last season with his goalscoring prowess, having broken into the team as a teenager.
However, this season has been a different experience for the 19-year-old. Greenwood has had to battle negative criticisms from the media and the goals weren’t forthcoming at a time.
But Greenwood was back to his lethal best last weekend, as he scored a goal and assisted another to help United bounce back to beat Tottenham 3-1, having gone a goal down.
Greenwood was a super-sub in that game, and he has earned the praise of the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had a reputation for changing the outcome a game even as a sub during his playing days.
“He can go all the way,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “That goal and assist was maybe Mason’s way of maybe telling me I should have started him! I’ve been in that situation myself.
“When you’re a sub, don’t let it get you down, just make sure you are a team player. If you play for 20 minutes, you have 20 minutes to make 90 minutes work. That is what Mason did on Sunday, hopefully he will produce the game against Burnley.”
Solskjaer also hailed the massive improvements that Greenwood has made in various aspects of his game this season.
He added: “Mason has physically matured, mentally matured, he’s tactically matured and, technically, we know how good he is anyway. He will score goals, no worries about that.
“He’s learned from Edinson [Cavani], been under the spotlight more, scrutinised more, learned how to live up the expectation and standards of Manchester United and I think he has coped with the demands really well.
“He’s come through a difficult patch and worked so hard to improve his game. It’s lovely to see boys that really want to be better and get their rewards for hard work.”