Manchester United have struggled to find momentum in the initial stages of their 2019/20 campaign, but the performance of Mason Greenwood in the club’s 1-0 victory over Astana in the Europa League is indicative of a player who could play a highly influential role for the Red Devils in the upcoming season.
Greenwood, 17, excelled for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side at Old Trafford, and despite his team labouring to victory over supposedly lesser opposition, the academy graduate lived up to the hype that had surrounded his start after his manager had described him as “one of the best finishers” he has ever seen.
The English youngster could offer United a different dimension of pace and trickery on the wings, and especially given the fact that North-West outfit will be competing on multiple domestic and European fronts in 2019/20, this campaign could be the season in which Greenwood breaks through into the first-team prominence under Solskjær
Whilst United do have options at their disposal in the final third such as Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford, as a 17-year-old prospect with a point to prove Greenwood could have a similar impact to that of Rashford when the England international broke through under Louis van Gaal in the 2015/16 season.
The 2019/20 campaign will be pivotal in determining if Solskjær has the ability to have a long-term legacy at Old Trafford, with failure to secure Champions League football for a second successive season likely to be an irreparable blow to the Norwegian’s future at the club.
In Greenwood, Solskjær has a player of raw ability, and with his first senior goal under his belt in the victory over Astana, United’s game against West Ham on Sunday could represent the perfect opportunity for 17-year-old to start and nail down a starting berth in a United side who are yet to find a fixed front line in the 2019/20 campaign.