Is the world ready for Mason Greenwood? The Manchester United prodigy is getting prepared for his big opportunity.
Greenwood was named in United’s pre-season tour squad and will get his chance to impress.
This is just the warm up for the season ahead, where the prolific teenager will get opportunities in both the Premier League and Europa League.
Last season Greenwood made his debut, and his first start, after prolific performances for the under-18s and under-23s.
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At 17-years-old, Greenwood is already ahead of schedule. United have found it tough to hold him back.
Now with Romelu Lukaku agitating for an exit, United need to give Greenwood more opportunities.
Greenwood can fast-track his own development this pre-season by striking up a partnership with Marcus Rashford.
His ability to drop deep rather than simply play as an out and out striker adds a different element to his game.
He is confident running with the ball, taking players on, and we all saw his spectacular free-kick for the under-23s last season.
Greenwood is now at the stage where he is considered a first team squad member and it would have been a surprise if he was not on the tour.
Now he has a chance to take over, and start challenging for a regular first team role.
After his start in the final game of the season, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told The Mirror: “Mason Greenwood was brilliant, he was our best player by a mile and that says a lot about the kid.”
Whether his breakout moment happens in pre-season, in the Europa League, the EFL Cup, or even has to wait until 2020, it seems only a matter of time before he makes his mark on this team.
In 29 youth games last season Greenwood scored 30 goals and provided 12 assists.
With a lack of attacking signings so far this summer, United are crying out for him.