Rewind the clocks to 2019 & there’s great optimism around Man Utd. They are rumoured to be completing a deal for Jadon Sancho, which they hope will regain their status in world football & secure a Premier League title.
Amongst the transfer rumours, there’s a youth player sending shockwaves and all ex-Man Utd players are well aware of his talents. The prodigy that is Mason Greenwood.
It’s safe to say that he completely dominated the Under 18 Premier League in 2018-19, with 15 goals and 5 assists in 13 appearances. Deployed as a centre forward, he could be relied on to bang goals in, week after week.
In all competitions, he managed 26 goals and 8 assists, which although it’s a lower standard, is still fantastic output. His form earnt him a call up to the Man Utd first team, where he scored 19 goals and 5 assists, in just over 50 appearances.
I was shocked to see him make so many appearances during his debut Premier League campaign, but this is a huge credit to his ability. He managed good figures for a player new to the league, especially so as he was playing in an unfamiliar position.
He made his England debut in September 2020, coming on for a 12 minute cameo. However, his name was plastered in the papers alongside Phil Foden, for all of the wrong reasons. During COVID-19, the players were forced to lockdown at their hotels, but the youngsters showed poor discipline by meeting with Icelandic models & sneaking them into their room.
Immediately after learning this, Gareth Southgate removed them from the England squad, as this was a serious breach of guidelines.
This was really disappointing as a Greenwood fan. I would have hoped that he took this more seriously, as he’s been given a fantastic chance in the first eleven for England. Unfortunately, his age showed & he wasn’t disciplined, or mature enough.
Since coming back from England with his tail inbetween his legs, Mason hasn’t featured in the Man Utd setup. Interestingly, he’s not injured & has been training with the first team.
It’s rumoured that the officials at Man Utd have found a problem with Mason too. He’s been warned for his punctuality, after turning up to training late on multiple occasions.
Ole is a big fan of Mason Greenwood, stating that he can see himself in Mason, when he plays. They are both clinical finishers. However, he’s had to warn Mason of his responsibilities & exactly what it means to be a Man Utd player.
Ole is very tactical and tight-lipped in his press conferences, not willing to make any admissions to the press. This is the correct approach to have, as it would just write more headlines & give the youngster further pressure to adhere to.
Mason Greenwood has unbelievable potential & has shown a great account of what he can achieve at Old Trafford. We hope he kicks on now and focuses on his development. A fantastic role model for him could be teammate Marcus Rashford, who has recently been awarded an MBE.