Mason Greenwood returned early from holiday after withdrawing from the England camp due to a persistent groin problem. The 19-year-old was a key figure for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season and will be hoping to improve on his stellar second campaign.
Greenwood, who played the first half of United’s 2-1 win over Derby last week, has shocked supporters when he named the toughest opponent he’s faced.
The forward has featured against some of Europe’s top teams but named Fulham defender Joe Bryan as one of the toughest opponents in his brief career.
“I’ve probably got to say, it might be a surprising one, but do you know [Joe] Bryan, the one for Fulham? He allowed me no space, no time on the ball, when we played them home and away. It was one of my most difficult games for us,” Greenwood told ManUtd.com.
“He’s one you probably wouldn’t think I’d say his name, but he was getting tight to me and not giving me much space. He was a good defender and he was probably my toughest challenge.”
Bryan, who played both games against United last season despite not being a regular starter, featured in the January game at Craven Cottage due to suspension to first-choice Antonee Robinson.
The former Bristol star also scored in the reverse fixture, the first game with fans back in over a year. Edinson Cavani had given Solskjaer’s side a half-time lead with a beautifully lofted effort before the Fulham left-back ensured spoils were evenly shared.