Manchester United must unleash Mason Greenwood... against Huddersfield
It’s a new era at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s leadership.
Solskjaer has a record of working with young players, from his efforts with the reserves, to giving young talent Erling Haaland his debut at Molde at just 16.
Mason Greenwood is making his mark for United’s academy and must be in Solskjaer’s thoughts.
His hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup this week against Chelsea took his tally for the season to 22 goals.
It’s approaching time for Greenwood to get a shot, but Solskjaer must be a tiny bit patient with the 17-year-old.
United’s next match is away at Cardiff, and this fixture under the lights against Neil Warnock’s side is the wrong game to throw Greenwood into.
It’s a game where the more physical Romelu Lukaku should lead the line and take the lumps, and have a chance to show Solskjaer what he can do.
The Cardiff game is an away game United need to get out of the way. Solksjaer’s journey really begins when he first leads the team out at Old Trafford.
The next match at home to Huddersfield on Boxing Day gives him that opportunity.
The Terriers have been poor this season but they try to play football the right way, leaving gaps which a striker like Greenwood can exploit.
It could be reminiscent of James Wilson’s debut under Ryan Giggs in 2014.
Greenwood will hope that if he gets his chance and takes it, he will prove he can sustain it.
Watching Greenwood link up with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to tear Huddersfield apart would be the perfect way to spend Boxing Day afternoon, and give hope of a bright new era, whatever happens against Cardiff.