Mason Greenwood suddenly needs a fresh Manchester United start

Ralf Rangnick held his first press conference on Friday morning when he started a new era at Manchester United.

The arrival of the German gives a fresh start for all the players, and a much-needed one for some of them.

One player who suddenly needs a fresh start is Mason Greenwood, who has had a tough November after being a solid man beforehand.

Greenwood missed matches against Watford and Villarreal after being ruled out due to Covid. He sat on the bench against Chelsea and Arsenal and was an unused substitute in both matches?

So he still felt the effects of his illness? Or was he simply not elected? Jadon Sancho’s unique form has diminished United’s need to call on Greenwood in the last two games.

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In matches against Chelsea and Arsenal, where United called on an extra striker, it was either Cristiano Ronaldo or Anthony Martial who came off the bench.

Edinson Cavani’s impending return from injury complicates the battle for attacking positions even more.

Greenwood needs to be patient

There are three positions Greenwood can play and they are all occupied. Cristiano Ronaldo is the top striker, Jadon Sancho is preferred on the right at the moment and Bruno Fernandes is number 10.

Against Arsenal, Sancho actually started the match on the left, and Marcus Rashford on the right, and in situations like this, Greenwood has a chance to start at Rashford’s expense.

This is where Greenwood has the best chance of playing time if Sancho moves over to the left. If United only play two strikers, then it will be even harder to fit Greenwood in.

The young forward must be patient and trust that his talent will shine through in the opportunities he is given. There will be plenty of matches between now and the end of the season.

Greenwood is too good to be true, with 33 club goals already in his name. It could be argued that his development began to stall a bit during Solskj√¶r, and he should benefit from Rangnick’s training.

The striker was name-checked by Rangnick as a talent at his opening press conference, quoted by The MEN, where the coach commented: “I am more than happy with the offensive punch we have here and the offensive players we have here and some of them did not play. “Martial came in first in the last five minutes, Mason did not play at all, we have so many top players in the offensive division.”

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For Greenwood, who has been on the periphery over the past month, it would be welcome to hear Rangnick talk about him and fill him with confidence.

United have a chance to rotate the team next week against Young Boys, and if he does not get a chance against Crystal Palace, an opportunity could come.

Balancing playing time between Greenwood, Sancho, Martial and Rashford is not easy, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo an almost must-start.

Greenwood is only 20, and the exact type of talent Rangnick would push to sign if he played somewhere else. He will be happy with the fresh start that comes at the exact time he needs one.

Mason Greenwood’s career so far

  1. 17 first-team goals in his debut season

    Greenwood got a record set by George Best and Wayne Rooney on their first campaigns for the club.

  2. Five Europa League goals in his first season

    Greenwood’s goal in the Europa League made him the club’s youngest goal scorer ever in European competition.

  3. 10 Premier League goals

    Greenwood became the first teenager since 1997/98 to score 10 Premier League goals or more in a season.

  4. Absolutely productive at the youth level

    Greenwood scored 31 goals in 30 U-18 matches plus five in five UEFA Youth League matches. He scored three in three FA Youth Cup matches and four in seven under-23 matches before being quickly tracked to the first team.

  5. Already a Champions League scorer

    Greenwood scored his first Champions League goal for Manchester United against RB Leipzig. It came with his first shot ever in the competition.

  6. The 20 goals

    Greenwood scored his 20th United goal in December 2020. He became the youngest United player to do so since Norman Whiteside in 1987.

  7. Double digit again

    Greenwood reached the double digit for the second season in a row in the victory over Roma. He became the second United player to score in five separate tournaments in the 2020/21 season and has now scored in a European semi-final.

  8. The barrier of 30 goals

    Greenwood scored his 30th Manchester United goal in August 2021. As a mere 19-year-old, he became one of just three teenagers to do so for the club, along with Whiteside and George Best.

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