Man United, Every Saturday night during the winter of 2008, Paul Newsham’s Yorkshire home sounded like an old telephone exchange switch room.
“That’ll be someone calling about Mason to see if he’ll be playing,” his wife Julie would say every time the phone rang.
Scouts called to see if Mason Greenwood, the six-year-old who would become Manchester United’s prodigiously skilled striker. The next day, it would be playing for the boys’ team Newsham coached in the north of England, Idle FC. Greenwood has influenced the pitch throughout his career.
Since his carefree days as a lightning-quick striker near his hometown of Bradford, the 18-year-old has become a vital player of an improving United, scoring goals. Also, helping the side climb the league, and being dubbed “the next great English talent” in the last month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be able to help United reach the Europa League final if United defeats Sevilla in Sunday’s quarterfinal. Greenwood became the third young player to record 10 Premier League goals in a single season after scoring 10 in his debut season.
According to former England captain Alan Shearer, Greenwood had expected to overtake Shearer as the EPL’s all-time highest scorer. According to former Liverpool player and now football pundit Jamie Redknapp. He has worked with teenagers. He is one of the best the club has ever seen, while Gary Lineker is another former England star. It “won’t be long” until England manager Gareth Southgate selects Greenwood. The list of supporters appears to be endless.
For years, those who observe United have known about a young talent named Greenwood rising through the ranks. The player has been surrounded by hyperbole and enthusiasm from an early age.
Flourishing under Solskjaer
Greenwood’s rapid rise has surprised none of his former coaches. When he was 14, United offered him a scholarship. In the 2018 International Cor Groenewegen Tournament, he was named player of the tournament. Two years later, he led the scoring statistics in the Under-18s Premier League (North). He also played age-group football for England, helping the Under-18s win the four-team Limoges tournament.
Greenwood made his senior United debut in the summer of 2018 against Club America in Phoenix during a pre-season tour. Still, it is under Solskjaer that he has bloomed, remarkably since the EPL resumed in June following a 100-day suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He has established himself in the first squad, scoring five goals in the final eight games of the season. Also, has returned from lockdown with a substantially more muscular body than the adolescent. He began the season on the bench.
“You watch young kids, and there’s an indication of skill at first, but then there’s a point where they acquire that extra. Whether it’s upper body muscle or that edge of pace, take them away from someone,” says the coach. Richard Jolly, a British sports journalist,
“I guess we’ll never know what would have happened if the lockdown hadn’t occurred, but he appears to have recovered stronger and is ready to play every week.”
Greenwood is unique among players in that he had two-footed, a rare skill he learned from his father. He had encouraged him to exercise with both feet. Greenwood would be shooting bins outside the entrance with both feet 20 minutes before the start of training at United’s Halifax facility, according to the tale.
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