Mason Greenwood is heading into his third season at Manchester United and he is still only 19.
The Red Devils forward has scored 29 goals for United already, setting numerous records along the way.
Greenwood was pictured in pre-season training at Carrington earlier this week. The young forward could have his best season yet. Here is a look at three reasons why the United teenager could hit new heights.
Greenwood finished the 2020/21 season strongly and unlike last summer, he is getting a proper rest.
This will ensure Greenwood is rested physically and mentally and he will benefit from a full pre-season.
Greenwood also has a headstart when it comes to team selection at the beginning of the campaign, with Anthony Martial not back at training this week, and Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford expected late back due to internationals.
United will get a fresh Mason Greenwood for the start of the season and this could make a real difference.
Missing out on the England squad due to minor injury did not seem like a big deal at the time as Greenwood will have further opportunities.
The Three Lions’ success puts a new slant on his absence, with England reaching the Euro 2020 final.
Greenwood will not want to miss out on the 2022 World Cup and he will be keen to show he deserves his place in the England starting XI.
He will be motivated to show he is the best young talent in English football, and the first step begins with consistently outstanding performances for Manchester United.
The biggest assistance to Greenwood is the arrival of Jadon Sancho. Don’t get fooled into thinking this is bad news for the teenager.
Greenwood will benefit from being played less on the right, but will still get plenty of game time with Sancho able to play on the left too.
Expect Greenwood to get chances to play up front and here he will begin to strike a real connection with Jadon Sancho. This is a partnership which could last a decade.
Greenwood could be experimented in a deeper role too as an alternative to Fernandes, which will allow for more chances to link up with Sancho.
Mason Greenwood’s career so far
- 17 first team goals in his debut season
Greenwood tied a record set by George Best and Wayne Rooney on their first campaigns for the club.
- Five Europa League goals in his first season
Greenwood’s goals in the Europa League saw him become the club’s youngest ever scorer in European competition.
- 10 Premier League goals
Greenwood became the first teenager since 1997/98 to score 10 Premier League goals or more in a season.
- Absolutely prolific at youth level
Greenwood scored 31 goals in 30 under-18 games, plus five in five UEFA Youth League matches. He scored three in three FA Youth Cup games, and four in seven under-23 matches, before being fast-tracked to the first team.
- Already a Champions League scorer
Greenwood scored his first Champions League goal for Manchester United against RB Leipzig. It came with his first ever shot in the competition.
- The 20 goal mark
Greenwood scored his 20th United goal in December 2020. He became the youngest United player to do so since Norman Whiteside in 1987.
- Double figures again
Greenwood reached double figures for the second successive season in the win over Roma. He became the second United player to score in five separate competitions in the 2020/21 season, and has now netted in a European semi-final.
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