Mason Greenwood has had to overcome a tricky second season and now he finally seems to be kicking on.
The Manchester United youngster now has two goals in his last two matches and he is now on six for the season.
With eight league games remaining plus anywhere from two to five Europa League games, Greenwood has a great chance to still end up on double figures.
This would put a very positive spin on his second, to reach or surpass 10, even after hitting 17 in his debut campaign. There was always going to be a bit of a fall-back, and getting to double figures this time around would be an achievement.
Greenwood looks dangerous
It was no surprise to see Greenwood pop up and score the winner, he was dangerous throughout the game.
He struck the post with a powerful effort in the first half, and saw a late effort land on the roof of the net after a scramble with the score at 1-1.
When he did score the winner, it came after Edinson Cavani had gone off, and he took on more of a central position.
United will need him to do this more over the coming weeks, with Anthony Martial out.
Cavani at 34 can’t start twice a week regularly, and his performance against Brighton suggested he may not be United’s best option there anyway.
This could be Greenwood’s time to shine, and the way his goal went in was notable, his first ever United header.
He has acknowleged previously it has been a weak point of his game, and so it was good to see him have the confidence to take the chance on like he did, and execute it so well.
His display was praised by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who told the club website: “He’s coming good at the right time. We’ve said it for months really, he’s played some great football, he’s maturing.
“Today I thought he was one of our best performers in the first half. Neat and tidy, he got hold of the ball. Sometimes he had a change of pace, he drove past people, he hit the post. He hit one that goes over the bar which was a bit scuffed, but he was there, he’s always there.”
He’s growing in confidence
Greenwood had a two or three moments where he took possession and just ran at the Brighton defence. His acceleration is a sight to behold, and he has the confidence to take responsibility and try and influence the attack, rather than turn and pass the ball backwards.
United fans want Greenwood to be the answer to the club’s inconsistency in attack.
He has had it tough, because he isn’t really a right winger, and he isn’t developed enough as a top level centre-forward yet, but he is getting there.
These next few weeks could be Greenwood’s chance to show what he is made of, and with goals in consecutive games for the first time this season, he will feel that he is finally clicking.
He is a player United supporters have high hopes for, and the last couple of games have helped to justify this, after a difficult campaign. Now watch him go.
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