Mason Greenwood stepped up and grabbed his chance in pre-season, scoring against Leeds and Inter Milan. He’s a potential superstar.
He impressed so much that he is already being considered as a first team regular and has a chance of starting against Chelsea on opening weekend.
United have full faith that he can replace Romelu Lukaku in attack. And that should be commended.
After all, a regular spot for Greenwood is what we have been calling for since last December.
Now it’s here, we should be happy and embrace the fact that the prodigious talent finally looks ready.
Lets not allow the negativity over transfers to overshadow what tremendous progress the teenager has made.
Greenwood is two-footed, has been compared in style to Robin van Persie, and is capable of playing in a right wing role as well as up front.
With 30 goals in 29 academy games last season and 16 in 18 the year before that, Greenwood could be a once in a generation talent
It’s remarkable to think he is just 17. He really could make United’s season a success.
United’s lack of attacking signings places undue pressure on Greenwood to be a success.
We are confident he will be, but what if he struggles early on, or at any point in the season. Can he handle it? Is it too much too soon? Is the team around him good enough?
There could be a big difference between doing it in pre-season, and competitive Premier League games, especially against the top six.
Greenwood is a special talent, but United’s lack of investment in attack risks having a damaging impact on our most exciting youngster.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to manage him carefully, but other players need to step up and ensure that not too much burden is placed on Greenwood’s young shoulders.
The concerns are legitimate, and fair, yet it feels like Greenwood is on the cusp of something special.
We have seen enough to believe that even if Greenwood does not make an impact right away, he will get there eventually.
He appears to have the right temperament, and his ability is off the scale.
Lets put the negativity to one side and get excited about a player who could be truly elite.
If he lives up to expectations, then United’s attacking problems are solved not just this season, but for the next decade.
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