Mason Greenwood has lit up the Premier League since his debut in 2019 and the 19-year-old is the third youngster player to reach 100 appearances for Manchester United.
Greenwood’s rapid rise to the top includes 29 goals for his club and two call-ups to the England side, having made his debut against Iceland in 2020.
The young forward’s breakthrough has prompted supporters into age-old comparisons but none have been more prominent than to Robin van Persie.
The pair share a similar striking technique and Greenwood is well placed to replicate the Dutchman’s legacy at Manchester United, having guided the club to their 20th league title eight years ago.
“It’s nice if people think I play like him and shoot like him a little bit,” Greenwood told ManUtd.com. “For an all-time great like him, it’s nice to have that little thing that people say. I used to watch him at United and obviously at Arsenal as well.
“He’s a good quality striker. I’ve watched a lot of football games and a lot of Premier League strikers and obviously pick up a few things and watch a few clips. It’s a nice little comparison.”
Greenwood’s savvy technique resembles the one of the former Feyenoord star but topples him on the ability to shoot with his weak foot, which Van Persie infamously referred to as his ‘chocolate leg’.
Having pulled out of the England squad earlier this summer, Greenwood was involved in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Derby last week and is set to feature again against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.