Mason Greenwood is a truly special talent. It is hard to put into words how good he is for a player of just 18.
The teenager has nine goals this season, and counting. But now he needs to be handled very carefully.
Marcus Rashford’s injury changes everything at Manchester United. The club’s top scorer faces three months on the sidelines with a back injury.
Mason Greenwood along with Anthony Martial are now entrusted to lead United’s forward line in his absence.
Both players have quality, but need protection. Manchester United have to make new signings to help them out. Greenwood in particular.
Too much football
United are still in four competitions. OK, so the Carabao Cup is almost dusted, with a 3-1 deficit from the first leg, but the Europa League and FA Cup will take their toll.
There are 15 Premier League games remaining, five in the FA Cup to reach the final, and nine in the Europa. Add in the Carabao Cup second leg and United could have as many as 30 games to play between now and the rest of the season.
The minimum if we suffer early exits, leave 18 matches still to play, which is still a lot of football and Greenwood can’t be expected to feature in every one.
Earlier this season he was forced to withdraw from England’s under-21 squad with a back injury, The Mail reported.
Not knowing it at the time, this looks like an ominous warning now considering Rashford’s situation.
With Rashford out, United’s stance simply cannot be to play Greenwood until he breaks down too.
Or Martial, who spent weeks on the sidelines earlier in the season. This would leave Greenwood as the only option.
What the young wonderkid has done this season has been sensational, but United would be irresponsible to let him carry on without additional help.
A new signing is needed more than ever, for Greenwood’s sake.
If United ruin him by forcing his playing time due to budgetary constraints and transfer market inadequacy, it would be unforgivable.
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