The 2019/20 season will long be remembered as the campaign Mason Greenwood made his breakthrough.
Greenwood looks like the complete package, a skilful forward who can play across the front, score with both feet, and is absolutely lethal in front of goal.
He has 17 goals to his name in a blistering breakout season, and there could be more to come in the Europa League.
It is not easy to narrow his best and biggest moments down to just three, but we have given it a go…
His first United goal
Greenwood’s first goal of the season came as a winner in the Europa League against Astana.
While his fellow young players Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong did not grasp their chances to shine, Greenwood was clinical and seized his opportunity, scoring on his first start of the season.
If he had looked out of his depth here then it could have set his whole season back, but there were never going to be any real worries about Greenwood’s ability or temperament.
His more senior teammates wasted chances against Astana and made hard work of what should have been a more straightforward win than it was.
Greenwood scored with his only shot on target, turning smart inside the penalty area and shooting low past the goalkeeper. It was the first of many, and his smart finish immediately evoked comparisons with Robin van Persie.
Brace against Bournemouth
Quite possibly the peak of Manchester United’s season from an attacking perspective was the 5-2 win over Bournemouth.
Greenwood was the instigator, scoring two outstanding goals shot across the goalkeeper into the top corner in each half.
The timing of his strikes was impeccable. Greenwood scored one goal to equalise, and another to put United two goals ahead just as Bournemouth were staging a second half fightback.
If he had not been substituted, Greenwood probably would have gone onto score a hat-trick here. He was absolutely sensational and this was a glimpse into the type of attacking devastation he can cause when he is at his best. Bournemouth just had no answer for him.
Decisive strike v West Ham
Greenwood’s equalising goal against West Ham a week ago was a special moment because of the importance it took on.
This was the goal which moved United up into third place and helped us fight back from a goal down after conceding a first half penalty.
This was not the first time Greenwood had helped to rescue a point or clinch a winner. He is developing a knack of delivering when United need him to.
When United need a goal, there is one player in the team you hope a chance falls to, and that is Mason Greenwood.
He exchanged a couple of passes with Anthony Martial in attack to move into a scoring position, then steadied himself, before shooting low past the goalkeeper. When the ball left his foot there was never a question that it would land up in the back of the net.
This demonstrated not just skill and technique, but nerveless temperament. Greenwood has proven already that he is not afraid to step up a big moments.
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