Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has been the subject of some terrible and completely underserved headlines recently. But the latest, which appeared over the weekend, is journalism at its worst.
The Mirror claimed that some at United fear Greenwood could go the same way as Ravel Morrison. But that is an absurd claim considering the players’ respective Old Trafford careers.
Morrison left United after just 65 minutes of first-team football; three brief appearances in the EFL Cup.
In contrast, Greenwood already has 61 senior outings for the Red Devils, scoring 19 goals and providing six assists to date.
It is almost as though someone looked at one former wonder-kid who fell flat and tacked his name onto a story about a teenager who has already justified the hype and then some.
Greenwood is not a star-in-the-making. He is already there.
Anyone who has seen him play for United knows what he can do and he is the closest thing the Red Devils have had to Cristiano Ronaldo since the man himself.
With two deadly feet, confidence in abundance and an ability both out wide and through the middle, United’s teen sensation has worked incredibly hard to get here.
Two very different players
Morrison’s tribulations are well documented. But he never came close to reaching the highs already enjoyed by Greenwood.
Reports like this seem to suggest that the United youngster doesn’t have the work-rate to succeed.
This is a player who came through the ranks at an alarming rate. A teenager who scored 34 goals in 34 U18 outings and stayed in the U23s just long enough to prove he was ready for the senior squad.
Morrison never proved his worth at Old Trafford. But Greenwood is an England international with an incredible work ethic. His progress highlights that.
Yes, he made a recent mistake while away with the three Lions. But that does not negate his talent, his achievements thus far or the fact that he will become a United great.
Greenwood is not a player with unfulfilled potential. He is well on the way to reaching the very top.