Arsenal legend and TV pundit Ian Wright has always been a vocal supporter of Mason Greenwood, and he is confident returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo will have a ‘frightening’ effect on the younger players in the current Manchester United squad.
The teenage sensation has been banging in the goals this season, scoring in three successive matches, including the late winner against Wolves to ensure we’d get three points ahead of the international break which has thankfully ended.
United now hold an unbeaten run away from home of 28 matches – a record in England’s top-flight.
Greenwood may be young but he has led by example in the absence of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.
Even with the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, it would feel unwarranted that Greenwood would lose a place in the team now because he’s been that good.
Former Arsenal star Wright believes Ronaldo can only have a positive impact on Greenwood, who he reveals Sir Alex Ferguson has been privately raving about.
“The only thing I can equate Ronaldo’s return to is just knowing that Dennis Bergkamp was coming for us at Arsenal and how that changed us,” Wright told Premier League Productions, as cited by The Metro.
“I cannot even get into the realms of thinking what that is going to do for their academy players, especially someone like Greenwood.
“He can just watch now. Cristiano Ronaldo will probably want to impart and tell him what he needs to do.
“I was speaking to Sir Alex the other day, we were playing golf and he mentioned about Mason Greenwood being one of the best they’ve ever had out of their academy.
“Now you put one of the best players that’s ever played for the football club, he’s come back as a world icon to play with him and alongside him it’s frightening what this guy could turn into.
“The mentality of him rubbing off on people could be the difference for Manchester United.”
One of the best from the academy
That’s an almighty claim from the boss and one I don’t think anyone can have fault with.
Greenwood is an incredible talent and he’s developing at a frightening pace. There is no denying that when you look at the young forwards at the young, he rates closest to Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani when it comes to finishing and they are true artists when it comes to sticking the ball in the back of the net.
The future looks bright.