If you’re good enough, you’re old enough. That has always been Manchester United’s mantra. To the surprise of many, Jose Mourinho has tried to continue that trend with regular minutes for Marcus Rashford and to an extent, Scott McTominay.
Despite that, the first-team is in turmoil at the moment. United can’t buy a home win. The football being churned out is turgid. In fact, the senior group could learn a thing or two from both the Manchester United Women’s team as well as Nicky Butt’s young Red Devils; who are thriving under the ex-midfielder’s tutelage.
The man with the bushy hair, Tahith Chong, is gaining all the attention due to being named on Mourinho’s bench for a huge Champions League home game against Juventus. The Dutchman wouldn’t take to the field, but it was a huge show-of-faith from the manager. Perhaps, though, he’s not the biggest talent on United’s books at the moment. Step forward, Mason Greenwood.
United’s U19s have already qualified for the UEFA Champions Youth League knockout rounds, with Greenwood right at the heart of everything good about their play. The 17-year-old scored twice in a 6-2 drubbing of Young Boys U19s. For the duration, Greenwood was unplayable. The pace, movement, skill, finishing. He has it all.
Mason Greenwood in the UEFA Youth League:
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Greenwood has made a goal contribution in his five UEFA Youth League games so far. At such a tender age, he’s already proving worthy of the big occasion. Now, it’s time for manager Mourinho to give him his opportunity. Let’s be honest, the self-proclaimed Special One simply has nothing to lose.
This historic club has been built upon giving youngsters a platform to showcase their talents. I look back to Rashford, who scored twice on debut under Louis van Gaal aged just 17. He hasn’t looked back since. I’d argue that Greenwood has shown considerably more ability at youth level than his Wythenshawe-born counterpart. The thought of Greenwood playing in the Premier League, or even the Champions League has me salivating.
Greenwood has played 17 games across three age groups, scoring 19 goals while adding eight assists for teammates. That’s just ridiculous. He also plays in an area of need. United have been toothless up front, Anthony Martial aside. Goals are what’s needed, throw the young man into the fire as soon as possible and watch him work. What a boost it’d be from top to bottom; he’d have the fans’ backing, Mourinho would be hailed a genius if it works out, and United would be continuing to do what they’ve always done.
Mason Greenwood now has 19 goals & 8 assists in 17 games at u18, u19 & u23s levels this season
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Thankfully for United, Greenwood only recently signed his first pro contract at the Theatre of Dreams, so he’ll be ours for the foreseeable future. Why not make use of him? I genuinely believe he could affect this club in a positive way, perhaps even go as far as saving Mourinho’s job in the process. Football is a funny old game, wouldn’t it be ironic if a young man who is barely out of high school comes in and saves the day? At this point, it’s definitely worth the gamble.