It is always great to see young academy players thriving at Manchester United.

None have made a bigger impact than Mason Greenwood, who has scored 17 goals in his first full season.

Another trying to follow in his footsteps is midfielder James Garner, with six first team appearances of his own this season.

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Both players are in Cologne as United prepare for the Europa League semi-final against Sevilla.

Greenwood sent a message to Garner via Instagram, celebrating how far they have come since playing together for United back in the under-eights.

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We have come along way since the u8s days 🤘🏾

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Greenwood first linked up with United at the young age of just six-years-old when he joined one of the club’s development schools.

 

The MEN reported how he was soon fast-tracked to United’s old training ground The Cliff, where he first met a young James Garner.

While Garner has a little catching up to do to establish himself as a regular and a first choice at the club, he is on the right track and has a good chance to follow Greenwood’s success.

This time in Germany for the Europa League tournament is a valuable spell for both players and one they may never forget.

Both players could end the season with a medal, with Garner’s role in the group stages where he made four appearances including a start in a tough game away at Partizan, justifying that he would fully deserve his.

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