How Mason Greenwood Emulated Cristiano Ronaldo Against Tottenham

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood in action.

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Mason Greenwood was an impactful super-substitution when Manchester United visited Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The 19-year-old had to be brought on in the second-half in place of Marcus Rashford as United were in need of a winner to take away all three points.

Son Heung-min had opened the scoring for Jose Mourinho’s side but they were unable to do much from keeping Fred away from the net in the second-half.

After the teenager came on, he was pivotal in making the final pass in a series of excellent build-up play which ended in Edinson Cavani heading in an excellent goal.

Finally, deep into added time, Greenwood made the best out of a Paul Pogba pass and slotted in a goal that has become typical of him.

In fact, the youngster’s feat itself is relatively unprecedented, shared by an illustrious name.

Mason Greenwood is the first Manchester United teenager since Cristiano Ronaldo to have come on as a substitute and both scored and assisted a goal.

Ronaldo did the same in November 2003 against Portsmouth. United won that Old Trafford encounter 3-0, with the Portuguese teenager being brought on in the 76th minute and netting in the 80th, going on to assist Roy Keane in the 82nd minute.

As such, Greenwood certainly has excellent precedent to share. However, this campaign has been a relatively quiet one for the academy graduate compared to his breakthrough numbers from last season.

With 7 goals and 6 assists in all competitions, Greenwood still has a lot of catching up to do. However, with Anthony Martial’s injury and the youngster’s recent form, there is a strong chance he will breach the double-figure mark before the end of the season.