|Mason Greenwood has scored 16 goals this season, can he get 20+ before the end of the season?(Source: The Busby Babe)|
It has been an insane season for Mason Greenwood. Picking up goals like they were running out of fashion. He has taken his debut Premier League season by storm. And this is not forgetting that he is only 18. Giving flashbacks of when Rooney was doing the same when he started out. The 18-year-old from Bradford has been garnering praise from all spheres. Likened to Van Persie by many, he has the knack to score goals with both feet. Having scored 16 goals this season it seems unlikely that he’ll stop scoring.
He has started every Premier League match since coming on against Spurs in the first game post-lockdown. He scored his first goal since the restart with a trademark finish against Brighton to open the scoring at the Amex and was crucial in the final goal with a magnificent cross to find Fernandes to make it 0-3. He then was crucial in United’s home match against Bournemouth as he levelled the game with a left-footed effort and sealed the result with his right foot to make it 4-2. In United’s most recent game against Aston Villa, he scored the settler just before half-time after a devastating counter and brilliance from Martial to find the youngster who rifled the shot past an unsighted Pepe Reina to make the score 0-2. He has scored four goals in three games and does not look like stopping any time soon.
Greenwood played centrally while coming through the youth ranks. Even though he has started to shine on the right of the attack with Rashford devastating defenders on the left and Martial demonstrating his natural finishing as United’s number nine, his long-term future has always been assumed to be as a centre-forward. However, playing with your back to goal is not an easy skill to develop in senior football, especially in the Premier League. To that end, Greenwood has noticeably put on some muscle mass since the lockdown.
Greenwood’s first goal for the club in the Europa League against Astana. He used his left foot to deceive the defender and then managed to pass it through the goalkeepers’ legs with his right foot. The frequency at which he is used all of these attributes shows that he’ll always be an incredible finisher.
It will be exciting to see how far his career will go. It will be interesting to see how Ole handles the young lad. While him getting all this game time will surely bolster his confidence, playing him too much so early could lead to him being injury ravaged at some stage like what happened with Michael Owen. But that aside with the ability and drive he has, he will surely have a wonderful career at United.