Mason Greenwood has lived up to his pre-season billing as a Manchester United revelation.
If anything, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not played Greenwood enough. The 18-year-old is still waiting for his first Premier League start.
Greenwood netted his first league goal at the weekend, to add to the two Europa League goals he has scored, and one Carabao Cup strike.
He also has one assist in the Europa League to his name. Greenwood is marking himself out as a big talent.
Greenwood’s performances look even better in the context of another highly rated teenager at Atletico Madrid.
Mason Greenwood: 4 goals, 1 assist; 476 minutes played
Joao Felix: 3 goals, 1 assist; 849 minutes played
Joao Felix became the world’s most expensive teenager this summer when Atletico Madrid signed him from Benfica for a staggering £113 million [BBC].
The Athletic reported that United considered moving for Felix in the summer but decided against a move. His price tag may eventually turn out to be value for money, but at present it looks excessive.
Joao Felix, who recently turned 20, has scored three goals and provided one assist so far in 12 games for Atletico. Greenwood’s record is superior.
Felix is clearly a big talent. He showed that by scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists for Benfica last season. It hasn’t clicked for him at Atletico so far.
That further underlines that United were probably right not to pay up for him. Not when there is a prolific striker ready and waiting to seize any chances he gets.
Greenwood is a penalty box predator with a creative side. His game is still developing, but he looks like a potential world beater. He became United’s youngest ever European scorer earlier this season.
The young striker’s form is demanding more chances and he will get them over the next month, starting this week against Astana.
The fact he has more goals than Joao Felix in just over half the minutes shows how well he is doing.
Felix will improve, but there’s no reason Greenwood can’t continue to match or even better him over the course of the season, and beyond.
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