Boy wonder Mason Greenwood has suddenly become the hottest property in English football after scoring three goals in the last two games.
That took his tally up to 15 goals for the season, and the 18-year-old could hit the 20 mark by time the campaign is eventually over.
Fortunately for United, there are no concerns over Greenwood’s future in the same way which saw his under-23 teammate Angel Gomes quit the club on a free transfer last week.
Greenwood signed a new contract last December, which runs until 2023, with the option to extend by a further year. But is this enough?
Give him the same backing as Fernandes
Greenwood appears to be among the top five teenage talents in Europe. You could argue he may even be the best.
United should have no half-measures in place when it comes to Greenwood’s future. The club need to get an even longer deal in place.
Bruno Fernandes’ current contract runs, with the extra year, up to June 2026.
United should show the same type of commitment towards Greenwood and lock him down until the same date, and even adding in a pay increase too. Show him how important he really is.
Handing what would amount to a six year deal to a young player may seem lengthy, but Greenwood is no ordinary young player. From every academy level through to the first team he has set record, he is pretty special.
It won’t be a surprise at all if United look to reward Greenwood for his recent performances by offering him an extended contract. He has earned it.
This will keep him motivated, and removes any doubt over his future which may start cropping up in two-years’ time, when he will have just two years remaining on his deal.
It is never too early to plan ahead. By giving Greenwood an extension to the same date as Fernandes, United would show they are serious about building something long-term, which can last. And this will help convince others about their own futures too.
The future is really bright, and with Greenwood, it is important to strike now.
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