Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood has deservedly received plenty of plaudits following his goal against Newcastle and statistics suggest we have a real cracking player on our hands.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to give Greenwood more opportunities this season after selling Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.
While Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are both ahead of him in the manager’s plans right now, Greenwood has mostly been used in the cup competitions and he has made full use of it.
He got a rare start in the Premier League against Newcastle and scored a fine goal from outside the penalty area —hitting the Magpies where it hurts after committing a defensive mistake.
There’s even a chance he could start against Burnley later today on the back of his performance against Newcastle.
Greenwood has mostly played out wide on the right but that hasn’t held him back one bit. If he keeps working hard, one day his chance will come in the centre forward role, especially if he keeps finishing the way he has been all season.
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) December 26, 2019
Four teenagers have scored in back-to-back Premier League home games for Manchester United:
✓ Ryan Giggs (1993)
✓ Wayne Rooney (2005)
✓ Federico Macheda (2010)
✓ Mason Greenwood
Natural-born finisher. pic.twitter.com/QNJ2kqkblr
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 26, 2019
Looking at the stats above, it looks inevitable that Greenwood will finish his breakthrough season on double figures.
Jadon Sancho with 12 goals is the only teenager in the top 5 leagues with more goals than the United youngster, and he is a more established player after making a name for himself in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.