Manchester United had little positive to claim from Sunday’s 1-1 draw to Everton. While hue was certainly raised about the foul incident on David De Gea prior to Victor Lindelof’s own goal, there is no denying that a drop in quality led to United wasting those crucial points.
Despite that, the point of celebration for a game that marked 4000 consecutive fixtures wherein academy graduates have been a part of the matchday squad, was Mason Greenwood’s goal after coming on from the bench.
It was the 18-year-old 7th goal this campaign and the 3rd one in 2 games at Old Trafford.
Gary Neville was all praise for the academy graduate, stating on his podcast: “I like Greenwood a lot. The composure that he shows at such a young age, his great physical presence.The way in which he finishes is that of a top centre-forward. Sometimes when you see a young player in front of goal, they panic a bit and snatch at things – [Daniel] James and [Jesse] Lingard do that quite a lot.”
Neville goes on to make a massive statement about Greenwood’s ability: “But I’d say Greenwood is a better finisher than Rashford – and that’s saying something. He really does look the real deal. I think Solskjaer knows that and he’s going to bleed him in.”
The former United great also commented on the belief that the Norwegian gaffer had placed on his youngsters akin to gaffers in the recent past and why it was the right thing to do: “Solskjaer is no different. He has taken it right back and really promoted the youth players. There have been times when I thought are these players being pushed in because of the history rather than them being good enough, but I think they’ve seen that they are good enough.”
Fans will be eager to see Greenwood in action again and Neville is clearly one of them.