After expecting a youthful starting line-up to take to the field against Kristiansund, I suspect many other Manchester United fans like myself were surprised to see a senior team named by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In the end the game was won 1-0 by the Old Trafford outfit, although it was far less convincing than previous victories during pre-season.
Credit to the lads who kept plugging away and won it late on, courtesy of a Juan Mata penalty. In the second-half, the one stand-out player happened to be the youngest on the pitch in United colours; Mason Greenwood.
After making his debut against Cardiff City on the final day of last season, the young man has not stopped improving ever since. It’s the calmness in which he plays with, while showing a maturity that’s way beyond his years.
For one so young the performance levels are so impressive, and as you can imagine, the United fans were absolutely buzzing about their new hero on social media, with some fans calling for the 17-year-old to be in the starting line-up against Chelsea in 12 days time.
You just have to be in awe. He has a keen eye for goal, plays with a real directness and is an underrated passer of the football. Perhaps the reason Solskjaer hasn’t gone out and signed a right-winger is because of this lad.
For me, Greenwood should be in and out of the team over the course of a long season, with the fledgeling attacker definitely looking ready for a real exposure to regular first-team minutes from this point forward.