Last night, Manchester United secured safe passage into the Europa League knockout rounds. The Red Devils beat AZ Alkmaar 4-0 on a chilly night at Old Trafford – in a game in which youth prevailed once again.
Brandon Williams looked excellent and James Garner’s game is improving. However, Mason Greenwood stood the tallest thanks to a brilliantly-taken brace.
The mega-talented teenager is just lethal when given even a half-chance. Left-foot, right-foot, good with his back to goal and a willing distributor, the young man has it all – well, almost…
After the game, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaped praise on Greenwood, though the Baby Faced Assassin did point to one aspect of his game that the 18-year-old can work on to become ‘an absolute all-round forward’.
‘He’s [Greenwood] left-footed, right-foot. He needs to practice his heading a bit. If he gets that right he’ll be an absolute all-round forward,’ the United said live on MUTV, transcribed via The Metro.
I definitely think that’s fair. However, he’s still young and his body is still growing. Right now, it’s understandable that Greenwood finds it somewhat difficult to win those aerial battles against massive centre-halves.
The glorious thing about football is that there’s always room for improvement. Right now, Greenwood’s exposure to first-team football is only speeding up his development and given time to mature, while working hard on the training ground, I’m certainly not betting against the Englishman to add aerial prowess to his game.
For now, we should enjoy watching him grow as a player. Sure, they’ll be road bumps along the way but this boy is a quality player – and we’re supremely lucky to have him…