Last season was a decent campaign for Manchester United as they finished third and managed to get to three semi-finals. Despite getting knocked out at this stage in three different competitions, there were definitely some positives to take, in particular the emergence of Mason Greenwood.
He has definitely been one of the stars at the club in recent months, seeing his TransferMarkt value rise from £6.3m a year ago to £40.5m now, and former United striker Andy Cole has been praising the player, as he said to the Independent: “Mason is scary, absolutely scary. If this kid lives up to his potential, United have one on their hands.
“It’s scary and long may it continue. He needs to keep doing what he’s doing, scoring goals and putting pressure on those up front, and as he matures and learns the game even more United have a player who could be anything.
“He can play as a nine and he can play out wide of a three, so it will be interesting to see where United think his best position is and what they see him as.
“For me, the best number nine in the world is Robert Lewandowski. But there aren’t many, if any, Lewandowskis about. And if they do bring in Sancho then you’ve got to be careful as you don’t want to block his (Greenwood’s) progress.
“United do need to bring in players as you must improve every season but it’s a fine balance. If you have a player like Mason Greenwood then you can’t afford to block their progress.”
The attacker, who is only 18, played in 51 games for Manchester United last season (including 23 substitute appearances), and scored 19 goals as well as providing five assists, via TransferMarkt. He showcased his attacking threat not just with his goals, but also by averaging 1.6 shots per game, highlighting that even at his young age he is not worried to try and take an opportunity if he sees one.
Therefore, it is hard to disagree with Cole on how good a prospect the teenager looks and the potential that he has, and it seems unfair if the club were to make a big signing like transfer target Jadon Sancho, who would probably come in for Greenwood and could therefore block the 18-year-old’s pathway to a regular starting berth.
It is a hard choice for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make, but if he wants to see Greenwood reach his potential sooner rather than later, then it would be best if he plays him as much as possible rather than signing a big-money player who could impact upon his growth.
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