“I believe we’ve discovered one.” Yep, it appears like Sir Alex Ferguson has bought it proper as soon as once more.
The legendary Manchester United boss is reported to have talked up the prowess of academy star Mason Greenwood at a League Managers’ Affiliation lunch, backing him to achieve the very prime.
He’s nonetheless a great distance off attending to the heights the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes reached however his improbable show in opposition to Bournemouth and Brighton reveals he has all of the instruments wanted.
Greenwood is in improbable kind, scoring three targets in two matches as he bagged one other brace in Manchester United’s thrashing of Bournemouth.
The Cherries took a shock lead however Greenwood bought United degree with a fierce left-footed shot via Aaron Ramsdale.
After the break he bought his second, this time together with his proper foot as he shifted the ball away from the Bournemouth defender earlier than rifling an unstoppable effort previous a helpless Ramsdale as United received 5-2.
This got here days after his scintillating show in opposition to Brighton as he scored a mesmerising aim and offered an inch-perfect help to present United a straightforward win on the Amex.
Fergie wasn’t the primary particular person to see that Greenwood would grow to be one thing particular, former Manchester United coach Mark Senior revealed the story of how he was blown away by a then six-year-old Greenwood when he was taking part in for Bradford-based facet Idle Juniors.
Senior stated: “Scouts noticed him when he wasn’t even taking part in; they had been watching one other participant that day.
“Mason simply wished to affix a neighborhood crew in Bradford referred to as Idle Juniors, however he wasn’t sufficiently old, so he was kicking a ball round on the facet of the pitch, ready for his sixth birthday.
“As quickly as he was six, we made certain we had somebody to observe his first sport.
“The crew he was taking part in for had by no means received a sport, and I’m not certain they’d even scored a aim. Then, Mason scored 16 on his debut and so they received 16-1. A six-year-old made the native newspaper!”
For sure Greenwood was invited to United’s improvement centre in Halifax however he already made an affect earlier than strolling via its doorways.
Senior added: “He got here to our improvement centre the evening his targets from the weekend had made the native newspaper.
“I bought there slightly bit early and Mason was already there within the automobile park smashing balls in opposition to the wall, with each toes. It was unimaginable.
“I requested him, ‘So, are you this Mason who scored 16 targets on the weekend? Was it a bit simple for you?’ He checked out me and stated, ‘If it weren’t for me, we’d have misplaced 1-0.’
“He went straight into the event centre in Huddersfield, into the age group above his personal. Each single membership rapidly bought wind of Mason, so then they had been all after him.”
Greenwood progressed properly via the academy over time and made his aggressive debut for the primary crew in March 2019, approaching within the closing jiffy of their memorable Champions League conquer Paris Saint-Germain. He then grew to become United’s youngest ever Premier League starter of their closing match of 2018/19, aged 17 years and 223 days outdated.
This season has undoubtedly been Greenwood’s breakthrough, the ahead scoring 13 targets and offering 5 assists in all competitions. His strike at Brighton noticed him equal a file final set by Wayne Rooney of scoring six Premier League targets whereas being aged 18 or beneath.
Even when he hasn’t been taking part in, Greenwood has been productive, slicing a muscly determine after the restart having undergone a surprising physique transformation through the season’s stoppage.
He’s earned loads of plaudits in his quick profession and talkSPORT.com has gathered some standout quotes about United’s rising star.
After Greenwood’s aim in opposition to Brighton the Crimson Devils legend cooed: “It’s attending to the purpose now the place it is going to be not possible to go away this lad out.
“He jogs my memory a lot of Robin van Persie when he cuts in on that left foot off that proper facet. The composure, the approach.”
Robin van Persie
He stated of Greenwood in December: “I believe he can be superb as a result of throughout each sport he tries to repeat me.”
“My model, my approach, my left foot, my manner of ending… so, I’m certain he’ll find yourself properly.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
After the win over Bournemouth, the Man United boss stated: “Nice expertise, nice finisher and he’s studying an increasing number of. Rising an increasing number of and getting higher together with his choices on and off the pitch.
“He’s an distinctive finisher. He can rating proper foot or left foot and as I stated earlier than if he can simply discover ways to head a ball he can be a whole striker.”
When requested if he might grow to be a key participant for England sooner or later, Solskajer stated: “If he retains on creating. We are going to do our greatest to develop him.
“I’m simply fearful about him taking part in for Man United and never England. There is perhaps some Norwegian blood in there you by no means know!”
After Greenwood scored in opposition to Leeds in a pre-season pleasant final summer time; “He’s a intelligent child so he’ll study it as he goes, however, yeah, his pure talents are scary.
“The supervisor is clearly doing an excellent job in kind of guiding him in the suitable route and the extra you do this, his expertise will simply come via.”
In November, Scholes stated: “He calms himself down, he takes a contact. Marcus [Rashford] is able to sensible issues and possibly a scorer of nice targets fairly than an excellent goalscorer.
“I believe he lacks that little little bit of composure. I believe Mason will finally be a greater goalscorer than Marcus.
“However they each deliver actual high quality to the crew in ahead areas which we’ve been missing.”
‘I nonetheless suppose that Manchester United might do with – I do know it’s not possible but when they may discover that subsequent Wayne Rooney, that subsequent 19, 20, 21-year-old who was going to be there for the subsequent 10 years.
“They’ve virtually been getting by with Ibrahimovic, getting by with Ighalo.
“These gamers are superb however coming to the top of their profession however they most likely want to seek out that one like a Rooney, proper at first of his profession that’s going to hold them ahead.
“Can or not it’s Mason Greenwood? It is perhaps that they use these kinds of gamers whereas he grows with them.
“ the distinction between Greenwood in comparison with Martial and Rashford is that Greenwood is a pure, ruthless finisher.
“You see the stepovers there, he shoots between his [the defender’s] legs like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used to do.
“I believe this child’s bought an enormous future. I believe he has every thing.
“He performs slightly Robin van Persie like when it comes to his model. His legs are related, the way in which he graces the sector. His composure and ending is pretty much as good as something at that membership.”