Mason Greenwood is the name on every Manchester United fan’s lips after his electric contribution to the club’s pre-season victory against Inter Milan in Singapore. The 17-year-old striker was the sole goalscorer of the game, netting the ball from an impossibly tight angle.
While the pre-season window is always one to keep an eye out on upcoming talent and academy graduates, Greenwood has been outright impressive from last season itself.
His Premier League debut towards the end of United’s campaign was a tad bit underwhelming but fans were assured that they’d see much more of him.
Sure enough, he has been a terrific presence in the team for all three of their pre-season games, scoring in the past two and has almost assuredly carved himself a spot in the senior team for the upcoming season.
Speaking in the press conference after the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed to advise a bit of a reality check with regard to the youngster, stating:
“The kid’s only 17 and he’s learning every-day training with these boys. He’s been with us the last few months, he’s grown in confidence, he’s grown in stature and, as I said before, when you’ve got players who perform it’s difficult to keep them out. But we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground with him, he’s only 17, there’ll be ups and downs but he’s enjoying his football.”
He then went on to respond to a question as to whether Greenwood was ever on the consideration of being sent out on loan, to which Solskjaer made a famous comparison:
“Mason’s never been on my mind to send out on loan, he’s one we have to keep at our place, keep him and play him when we feel it’s good for him and at the moment he’s fine. He reminds me a little bit about the Giggsy story, you can’t really send him on loan and for me he’s ready to be in this squad.”
Giggs too was just 17 when he made his debut for Manchester United and the rest is history. Will a similar fate await Greenwood?