Mason Greenwood

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Mason Greenwood
Mason Greenwood.jpeg
Greenwood playing for Manchester United U18s in 2017
Personal information
Full name Mason Will John Greenwood[1]
Date of birth (2001-10-01) 1 October 2001 (age 18)[2]
Place of birth Bradford, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.81 m)[3]
Playing position Forward[4]
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 26
Youth career
2007–2018 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018– Manchester United 12 (0)
National team
2015 England U15 1 (0)
2017–2018 England U17 6 (1)
2018– England U18 5 (1)
2019– England U21 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:08, 10 November 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:53, 17 November 2019 (UTC)

Mason Will John Greenwood (born 1 October 2001) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the England under-21 team.

Greenwood made his first start for Manchester United in 2019 in a UEFA Europa League match against Astana, in which he scored becoming the club's youngest ever goalscorer in European competition at the age of 17 years, 353 days.

Greenwood made his debut for England under-21 in the qualifying for the 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Early career[edit]

Greenwood joined Manchester United at the age of six, playing at the club's development school in Halifax.[5] After progressing through the academy ranks, he joined up with the Under-18 squad for the 2017–18 season, despite being eligible for the Under-16s, and finished as top scorer of the U18 Premier League North with 17 goals in 21 games.[6] In May 2018, Greenwood was named Player of the Tournament as the youth side won the ICGT Trophy in the Netherlands.[7]

2018–19 season[edit]

In July 2018, Greenwood travelled with the first team on their pre-season tour of the United States.[8] On 20 July, he made his non-competitive debut as a 76th minute substitute for Luke Shaw in a 1–1 draw against Club America.[9] He also featured in a 0–0 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes three days later.[10] On 2 October, Greenwood signed his first professional contract with the club.[11] In December, he was selected by José Mourinho to train with the first team ahead of their UEFA Champions League match against Valencia.[12]

On 6 March 2019, under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Greenwood made his competitive debut as an 87th-minute substitute for Ashley Young in a 3–1 win against Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League.[13] At the age of 17 years and 156 days, he became the second youngest player to represent the club in a European competition and the youngest ever in the Champions League era, only behind Norman Whiteside.[14] Four days later, he made his Premier League debut from the bench in a 2–0 defeat to Arsenal to become one of the club's youngest league debutants.[15][16]

On 7 May, Greenwood was named Premier League 2 Player of the Month for April.[17] At the end of the season, Greenwood received the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, given each year to the best player in the club's youth teams.[18]

On 12 May, the final day of the season, Greenwood made his first senior start for the club in a 2–0 defeat to Cardiff City.[19]

2019–20 season[edit]

On 17 July 2019, Greenwood scored his first senior goal for Manchester United in a 4–0 pre-season victory against Leeds United,[20] and followed it up with a second in United's following friendly against Inter Milan.[21] He began the season making substitute appearances in each of United's first four league matches,[22][23][24][25] before starting their Europa League opener against Kazakhstani side Astana; he scored the only goal of the game to become the club's youngest ever goalscorer in European competition at the age of 17 years, 353 days.[26] He then scored a week later in United's League Cup tie against Rochdale.[27] On 7 November, Greenwood scored and assisted Martial, in United's 3–0 win over Partizan Belgrade, qualifying them for the knockout stages of the competition.[28]

International career[edit]

Greenwood has represented the England under-17 team making six appearances in 2017–18 and was part of the squad in the Algarve Tournament in Portugal.[29]

On 30 August 2019, Greenwood was included in the England under-21 squad for the first time[30] and made his debut as a 59th-minute substitute during the 3–2 win against Turkey on 6 September 2019 in qualifying for the 2021 European Under-21 Championship.[31] On 19 November, Greenwood scored his first goal for England's under-21s, equalizing against The Netherlands in a match where England ultimately lost 2-1.[32]

Style of play[edit]

Greenwood began his career as a midfielder but gradually evolved into a centre forward.[6] In May 2018, former Manchester United player Clayton Blackmore said: "He's great on the ball and very good with both feet. He's the first person I've seen that takes penalties and free-kicks with his wrong foot. I've never come across anyone like that!"[33]

In March 2019, former academy coach Mark Senior said: "People says he's like the new Robin van Persie but I don't know. I think he's his own man. I've not seen another player like him. His style means his pace is deceptive because he is absolutely rapid."[5]

In July 2019, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær praised Greenwood during their pre-season tour, saying: “He can play all of the front-three positions, or across the front four, as he can play number 10, number seven, number 11 and number nine. He’s a natural footballer with his left foot, coming in, but he’s got two feet and can play anywhere along the front. He’s just a natural. When he takes a penalty with his right, then takes a penalty with his left, free-kicks with his left, free-kicks with his right. He is almost what you’d call 50-50, maybe 51-49 left-footed."[34]

Personal life[edit]

Greenwood was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire[35] and raised in the Wibsey area of the city.[36] His family have a background in sports; his sister, Ashton, is a track athlete.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 10 November 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2018–19[37] Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 0
2019–20[38] Premier League 9 0 0 0 1 1 3[b] 2 13 3
Total 12 0 0 0 1 1 4 2 17 3
Manchester United U21 2019–20[38] 1[c] 1 1 1
Career total 12 0 0 0 1 1 4 2 1 1 18 4
  1. ^ Appearance in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Individual

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Marshall, Adam (21 May 2018). "Youngsters win ICGT Trophy in the Netherlands". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  8. ^ Luckhurst, Samuel (18 July 2018). "Manchester United pre season tour squad revealed". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  9. ^ Thompson, Gemma (20 July 2018). "Tour 2018 Match Report: United 1 Club America 1". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  10. ^ Thompson, Gemma (23 July 2018). "Tour 2018 Report: San Jose Earthquakes 0 United 0". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
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  12. ^ Marshall, Adam (11 December 2018). "Youngsters train with Jose's squad". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  13. ^ Hafez, Shamoon (6 March 2019). "Paris Saint Germain 1–3 Manchester United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
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  19. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/may/12/manchester-united-cardiff-premier-league-match-report
  20. ^ Stone, Simon (17 July 2019). "Man Utd 4-0 Leeds: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side comfortably win friendly in Australia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  21. ^ Froggatt, Mark (20 July 2019). "Greenwood scores again as United beat Inter". ManUtd.com. Manchester United. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
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  27. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49736850
  28. ^ https://www.manutd.com/en/amp/news/detail/match-report-man-united-v-partizan-belgrade-7-november-2019
  29. ^ Duncker, Charlotte (6 March 2019). "Who is Mason Greenwood? Manchester United youngster in profile as he's named on bench vs PSG". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  30. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (30 August 2019). "England U21s kick-off a new campaign and Aidy Boothroyd has picked his squad". The FA. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  31. ^ "Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson score as England U21s win opening Euro qualifier". The Football Association. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
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  34. ^ Froggatt, Mark (19 June 2019). "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praises Mason Greenwood after goal against Leeds". Manchester United FC. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  35. ^ Fay, Richard (17 February 2019). "Mason Greenwood has just proved his Manchester United worth". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  36. ^ a b Dawson, Rob (17 July 2018). "Mason Greenwood: Man United's best-kept secret and next big thing?". ESPN. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
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  38. ^ a b "Games played by Mason Greenwood in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  39. ^ "Greenwood named April's PL2 Player of the Month". Premier League. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 11 May 2019.

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