Mason Greenwood’s finish to rescue Manchester United against Everton is a further reminder of the 18-year-old’s quality. It was his third goal of the week and a moment of magic in a game where there was little.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will struggle to hold Greenwood back and out of the starting line-up for much longer. That statement resonates more for United fans considering the personal inconsistency of Anthony Martial in a team that is inconsistent enough itself.

“Mason Greenwood is different class in and around the box. You’re not surprised when he scores goals. It makes it hard for me to leave him out.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Sunday’s match

Greenwood scores with only shot of the game

Unlike Rashford or Martial, Greenwood converts good chances, and the difficult ones, too. He’s a “natural finisher,” as described by Solskjaer. Three goals in the week is impressive. Rashford broke onto the scene with four in his first two games, but that was something unique.

And, what should not be forgotten in the aftermath of a disappointing draw is the sheer quality of Greenwood in this week. His two goals against AZ Alkmaar were good finishes and the left-footed strike of Sunday found its way through a pair of legs and nestled right in the corner. It’s the kind of goal Premier League fans have come accustomed to when it’s from the boot of Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero or Harry Kane. Few at United have offered that.

Greenwood Everton. MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Mason Greenwood of Manchester United celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the UEFA Europa League group L match between Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford on December 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Greenwood only had one shot in his 29 minutes on the pitch. His teammates shared out 23 more before and after he had scored. He is clearly a level above in some aspects.

 

Greenwood makes case vs Everton for more league starts

Solskjaer will rightly be careful with Greenwood’s development. The presence of Nicky Butt as Head of First Team Development will help that. He’s only 18 and United won’t rush him in just to save themselves from some stick. But he’s making it very difficult to not give him only his third league start in a red shirt.

Harry Maguire: “He is a goalscorer. He is going to score a lot of goals for this club. He is a great player.”

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The excitement at Greenwood’s two goals against AZ was justified. He showed his quality from outside the box as well as in it. Hence the excitement at the strike that got United a point against Everton. It wasn’t a poacher’s goal and it wasn’t a result of his good movement or speed. Instead, it was a simply superb finish.

That’s what United need in games like these where they struggle to break down well-organised defensive outfits, and Greenwood provided it.

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