While Man United have signed both Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the ongoing transfer window as part of their rebuilding plans, the addition of youth sensation, Mason Greenwood, into the first team set-up might be the best after all.
Born in Bradford on the 1st of October, 2001, Mason Greenwood joined Man United at the age of six. He started his youth career as a midfielder but he has since evolved into a forward.
Mason might still be 17, but he is expected to be part of OGS’s first team plans for the 19/20 season and the reason is not far-fetched.
The 17 year old is good with both feet, a quality which many experienced professionals would love to have and he can play anywhere across the front line or as a No 10, making him one of the most versatile attackers in the United’s squad.
In addition, his outstanding instincts in the final third, incredible pace and confidence further qualifies him as a nightmare for defenders and a force to reckon with.
Indeed, in 2017/2018, he scored 17 goals in 17 starts (21 appearances in total) for Man United’s U-18 youth team while playing behind the striker.
In the just concluded 18/19 season, Mason scored an impressive 42 goals and made a further 12 assists in 45 appearances, including 5 goals in 5 games in the UEFA Youth League and 3 goals in 6 matches for the U-23 side.
His ability earned him three first team appearances, which includes a last minute appearance in United’s historic comeback at Parc des Princes and a start in United’s final home game against Cardiff.
Although, the Red Devils lost the match 2-0, Mason was by general opinion, the Reds’ best player in the match.
Mason Greenwood has been included in the Man United squad that is currently in Perth, Australia, for pre-season training and has earned praises from fellow academy product, Marcus Rashford.
“He’ll definitely get more game time,” said the 20-year-old. “Everyone’s just enjoying watching him develop and grow, you know, because that step up from Academy football to men’s football can be difficult.”
Of course, Mason is just 17 and he has a lot to learn and the likely departure of Romelu Lukaku may provide him more first team opportunities.
At the rate he is going, he is expected to join names such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham in becoming a home-grown icon at Old Trafford.