Mason Greenwood enjoyed a fantastic breakthrough campaign in 2019/20.

His 17 first team goals was above expectations and now he has to try to go one better.

The 18-year-old’s has to go and prove himself all over again, and back up his outstanding campaign.

Here is a look at three ways Greenwood can try to improve in 2020/21…

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Numbers

One simple way to look at it, is to say Greenwood needs to improve across the board, from appearances, to assists, to goals.

The first step is to begin the season as he finished it, as a key starter in United’s team.

Last season he only started 12 Premier League matches out of 38. He should be looking to at least double that this coming campaign.

If he plays more matches, he will score and create more goals. It’s that simple.

Greenwood needs to work hard to show he should continue as a starter, and avoid possible distractions which come with his increased fame, and possible talk of an England call-up.

If he outdoes his tally of 17 goals this past season, his campaign will be a total success.

Headers

If there is one weakness in Greenwood’s already strong all round game, it is his aerial ability.

 

He has acknowledged this himself, telling the club website this was an area he wanted to work on, “I think in headed goals. I’ve not scored a headed goal in the first team this season.”

This is something he will be working on to address. It is only a matter of time before he gets it right, and when he does, he will be a stronger player for it.

Big games

When Greenwood broke into the team as a starter at the end of the season, United had already played most of the top sides, barring Leicester on the final day.

Greenwood has 10 Premier League goals, but none have so far come against any of the sides who finished along with United in the top eight in the table.

Much of this is down to lack of opportunity, and he will get chances to prove himself next season.

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Greenwood can endear himself further to the United faithful by netting crucial goals in big matches against our rivals this season.

A winner against Liverpool for instance would outweigh 10 others against teams in the bottom half in terms of how memorable it will be.

Greenwood also has the new challenge of the Champions League, where every match is a big game.

This stage will provide him the chance to add to his glowing reputation and we cannot wait to see him grab the opportunity to shine.

Mason Greenwood’s career so far

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 10 Premier League goals

    Greenwood became the first teenager since 1997/98 to score 10 Premier League goals or more in a season.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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