Mason Greenwood has chance to impact Lukaku decision

According to The Times, Manchester United are looking to cash in on Romelu Lukaku for £80 million.

Selling Lukaku would prompt questions over how the club will replace him. His successor could already be at Old Trafford.

Mason Greenwood, 17, is in line for big opportunities at United after making his debut last season.

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The teenager had a truly prolific season for the club’s academy, making the step up and shining for the under-23s.

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Along with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, Greenwood is the third player who could compete for Lukaku’s spot up front without signing anybody.

How he performs will influence how United’s potential gamble to sell Lukaku is seen.

A strong pre-season will take the pressure off, and Greenwood will get chances to show what he can do. If United sell Lukaku, Greenwood will be thrust into a more prominent role.

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With rotation needed for Europa League games, Greenwood’s starting opportunities would have been set to dramatically increase in any case.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to believe in the young striker. Selling Lukaku and choosing not to replace him would be a indication of how much he values the 17-year-old.

If the Lukaku dilemma still hangs in the balance when pre-season begins, Greenwood’s performances could end up forcing the Belgian out.

Greenwood’s progress over the past 12 months makes a decision over Lukaku a lot easier. And whether United pay to sign a replacement, like Moussa Dembele or another prospect, Greenwood will still have chances to prove he can be United’s main man.

It’s up to him to start seizing them as quickly as possible.

If he scores for fun at United next season, and the club bag £80 million for Lukaku, it could be one of the best pieces at Old Trafford in years.

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