Mason Greenwood was the stand-out Man of the Match as Manchester United decimated AZ Alkmaar 4-0 at Old Trafford.
The teenager was a source of immense brilliance during the encounter, keeping himself composed and trying his best to attempt shots. This led to his brace complementing Juan Mata’s penalty and Ashley Young’s impressive opener.
In fact, the overall numbers of Greenwood are better than another teenager who was often the talk of the town.
Mason Greenwood has been more involved and prolific at scoring goals this season than Joao Felix.
The 20-year-old Felix was a hot topic earlier this summer when Manchester United were linked to purchase him. His impeccable breakout form had ensured that a transfer sum in the range of €120 million was allegedly in consideration for the services of the Golden Boy award winner.
However, so far this campaign, the Portuguese international has only netted 4 goals and mustered a single assist in 14 starts for Atletico Madrid.
In comparison, United’s Greenwood now has 6 goals and a single assist to his name in merely 7 starts, almost always effective when he starts.
Updated: Joao Felix, 4 goals and 1 assist in 21 starts. Mason Greenwood, 10 goals and 1 assist in 13 starts.
Keeping this in light, it does appear that the Red Devils dodged an expensive blunder when a move for the starlet didn’t materialize earlier in the summer despite heavy speculation.
At the same time, it also has to be pointed out that Felix functions in the La Liga and the forward plays in games that are on a higher level than the comparatively easier starts that Greenwood is awarded back in England.
Then again, this comparison also proves that it may be a foolish endeavor to splash tons of cash on talent while homegrown players are just as successful in matching their numbers. Scott McTominay’s performances so far this season is ample proof of the same.
Will the higher ups at Old Trafford still pursue big names?