Meet Mason Greenwood, Manchester United’s teenage sensation

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Mason Greenwood of Manchester Unitedd during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on March 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

It is time to talk about Mason Greenwood – one of the brightest talents in the Manchester United youth academy.

Mason Greenwood has made his debut for Manchester United in the 3-1 away victory against PSG at the age of 17 years and 156 days.

The youngster became the youngest player to represent the club in the Champions League, breaking the previous record held by Gerard Pique.

He has also debuted in the Premier League in the 2-0 defeat against Arsenal on Sunday.

Greenwood has played in three youth categories (U18), (U19) and (U23) and is Manchester United’s top scorer for the season, including the first team.

The talented striker netted 22 goals across the various youth and reserve levels at the club this season, completely earning his debut for the senior team.

He started playing football as an attacking midfielder but has evolved to become one of the most talented center-forwards in England.

Mason has been dominating the U18 Premier League in the past two seasons, scoring 29 goals and noting 9 assists in his 29 appearances.

Despite only being 16, Greenwood was the top scorer in the Under-18 Premier League North last season in a campaign which saw United crowned champions.

He made the headlines with his incredible hat-trick in the 4-3 FA Youth Cup victory over Chelsea – the club that has won the last five FA Youth Cups in a row.

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Mason Greenwood is often compared to Robin van Persie, as he has a similar style of play. Both have a great technique, incredible off-ball movement and shoot with their left leg.

The youngster is also good with his right, as he takes the left side set-pieces with his right foot. He is unpredictable, explosive and fast, which are characteristics of a great striker.

Manchester United’s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already confirmed that he is ready to promote some of the youngsters into the first team if he gets the full-time job, saying:

“As Sir Matt once said if they’re good enough they’re old enough, we’re built on that tradition, we need young players coming through, it’s important in the academy.

“I am looking to bring players through, we have two or three top talents in the U18s that are knocking on the door now.

“I have been on the other side, working with the reserves. I know how important it is to see that link to the first team. It’s part of the tradition and history of the club to give young players a chance.”

Greenwood hopes to follow in Marcus Rashford’s footsteps and become a regular player of Manchester United’s senior team in the near future.