Name: Mason Greenwood
Club: Manchester United
Date of Birth: 1 October 2001
Mason Greenwood – his career so far
By now, Mason Greenwood is a well-known quantity at Manchester United and if the early signs are anything to go by at all, soon the whole footballing world should become quite familiar with his name.
The 18-year-old centre-forward is still only getting started with his career and yet, it seems that he’s already destined for greatness, such is the extent of his talent and potential. His first footballing steps, however, were made in Man United’s academy, which he joined at the age of six, training and developing in Halifax.
His progress through the youth ranks was quite swift and by the beginning of the 2017/18 season, Greenwood was already on the doorstep of the Red Devils’ U18 squad. This was quite impressive, especially since he was still a schoolboy registered with the U16s and yet he managed to end the campaign as the Premier League North’s top-scorer.
All of that success was soon followed up with a call-up to the senior team’s pre-season tour and after blistering starts with both the U18s and U19s in the UEFA Youth Cup, he was rewarded with his first professional contract in October that same year.
Of course, there would still be hurdles to jump over before he could be considered a fully-fledged first-team player and as a whole, Greenwood played a total of 34 games for the U18 squad, netting 34 goals and eight assists while his shorter stay with the U23s was marked with eight games, five goals and two assists.
After sitting on the bench for one of the senior games, the now 18-year-old centre-forward would finally get his debut at the Parc des Princes in Man United’s second leg of a knockout Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain in March 2019. His first start came in the final game of the Premier League season against Cardiff City at Old Trafford.
But he came a long way since his bow with the first-team, already tallying 40 games under his belt and scoring a total of 12 goals and assisting another four in the process as well.
Needless to say, he is one for the future and the Red Devils are extremely lucky to have him in their ranks.
It’s pretty safe to say that Greenwood is not going anywhere for the foreseeable future. He is already a far too important piece of the Man United puzzle to be even considering the possibility of leaving Old Trafford.
Not only that but some recent transfer rumours suggest that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is even scrapping the potential signing of Harry Kane because it could harm Greenwood’s development. That is some huge Manchester United news for the fans right there.
On a similar note, the youngster has been so widely praised in the media in recent times that it wouldn’t really surprise to see other top teams and various transfer news start to appear in the conversation as we approach the summer transfer window.
But as things currently stand, Greenwood is staying at Man United and there are really no two ways about it.
Earlier in his career, Greenwood was usually deployed as the no.10, slotting right behind the centre-forward and often being the link between the middle and the final thirds of the pitch. But over the years, his game has evolved and the young gem is now more of a striker himself.
What immediately catches the eye is his ability to play with both feet and his exceptional movement across the final third and especially inside the box, where he is adept and creating and exploiting space for both himself and his teammates.
And since he is versatile enough and possesses the pace and good technical abilities, he’s also been known to shift out wide to the right side at Man United. But even so, he often drifts back centrally and pins down the defenders during the offensive phase.
While he can use his speed to beat opponents in a direct 1v1 confrontation, he often uses it to exploit free pockets of space across the pitch. His intelligent movement and positioning, paired up with lethality and technique, make him an incredibly difficult player to mark and a huge asset to his team.
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