Last season, Mason Greenwood did an excellent job of bursting onto the scene for the Manchester United first team. The 18-year-old bagged 17 goals across all competitions this season. Greenwood played all around the attack for United, but most prominently featured on the right-wing.
At first, the potential signing of world-class winger Jadon Sancho appears like it would stunt Mason’s development. However, because of Sancho, Greenwood will have more opportunities to foster his talent.
Off the Bench
Without Jadon Sancho, Greenwood would be Ole’s first choice right-winger. While game time helps players mature, the hype that comes along with it can crush them. An 18-year-old needs time and rest to develop; Sancho gives Greenwood that chance. Coming off of the bench lets Greenwood play in a variety of positions without putting United’s scoring dependence on his back.
While Greenwood played the majority of his first-team minutes on the right-wing, he played at striker at the youth academy. His potential is higher as a #9 than on a wing. Without a proper right-winger, Greenwood moved into the empty space last season. This season, Jadon Sancho will fill the void on the right-side, so Greenwood can get back to where he belongs at striker.
Without Sancho, Greenwood would have stayed as United’s main right-wing option. Even though regular game time is good for a young prospect, playing him out of his true position could hinder his development. If Mason wants to be striker, then Jadon Sancho joining is exactly what he needs.
On the Wings
Mason Greenwood will become United’s main backup option on the wings. If Rashford or Sancho could not play for whatever reason, Mason would be called upon. If Greenwood wanted to move away from the striker role, then having two world-class wingers to guide your career can’t hurt. The lessons he could learn from watching and playing with Rashford and Sancho are worth any playtime that he would miss.
In the hole
If Ole wanted to go full out attack, then he could push Bruno into the double midfield pivot with Pogba, and let Greenwood play CAM. The thought of United lining up with Martial, Rashford, Greenwood, Sancho, Pogba, and Bruno Fernandes, at the same time, is enough to make any of us United fans salivate. Even with Greenwood wanting to play striker, some time at CAM can only help him become a more well rounded and complete footballer.
Glory Glory Man United.
Written by CJ Szaz.