Manchester United did little wrong during their final group stage game of the Europa League with Old Trafford witnessing a superb 4-0 win on Thursday.
All the goals of the night arrived during a prolific 10-minute period for the Red Devils with Ashley Young opening the scoring with a narrow-angled goal followed by a Mason Greenwood strike. Minutes later, Juan Mata calmly converted a penalty and later assisted Greenwood’s second goal of the night.
The teenager’s showing during the game was an all-out incredible one that was praised by many including Mata himself and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Following the win, the starlet also received a funny bit of praise from a familiar face.
Marcus Rashford posted a lighthearted appreciation post of Mason Greenwood’s game on Instagram.
Rashford was an unused substitute during the win, largely due to Greenwood’s brilliance upfront and continued intent and hunger at trying to net more goals.
In fact, the 18-year-old has now netted 6 times in 9 starts for the Red Devils, the total tally second only to Rashford’s own 13 goals.
At this rate, Greenwood could easily attain the double-figure mark this campaign, what with the volume of Europa League games and domestic cup encounter lying ahead.
Rashford’s own rise to brilliance came in the Europa League as an academy graduate and it is easy to see why he may see parallels with the upcoming Greenwood.
If Solskjaer continues to trust the youngster with more such opportunities, United could truly be back to a squad whose top goalscorers and creators are all a product of their illustrious youth academy.
Just like the glory days of the past?