Manchester United's excellent post-lockdown run continued as they easily defeated Brighton 3-0 at the AMEX, with their exciting strikeforce among the goals.
Mason Greenwood had arguably his most impactful match in a United jersey to day. But what was his performance like?
📷 Match Snapshot
Greenwood is enjoying a run in the side having started and played 80 minutes in the victory over Sheffield United, before playing 57 minutes off the bench in the FA Cup against Norwich. He was put back into the starting XI here, playing off the right hand side of a three-pronged attac with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
⚽ ⏱️ 16' In an early spell where United pinged the ball around with real confidence and intent, it seemed clear that they were gradually moving into dangerous positions, and Greenwood helped the pressure to tell.
Showing a brilliant piece of skill to keep the ball in play (though it may well have been out!) he then bore down on goal. A quick step-over took him away from the defender and gave him an inch to fire low down to the goalkeeper's left, a finish that is increasingly becoming a trademark of his.
ASSIST ⏱️ 50' Into the second half and United produced a goal that the United sides of old would have been proud of.
Following a Brighton corner Nemanja Matic fires a sensational scissored-volley pass out wide to Greenwood, who had switched flanks with Rashford at this point. Greenwood takes a single touch and lifts a lovely, inviting cross to the back post for Bruno Fernandes to crash into the net on the volley.
It's testament to Greenwood's impact on the match that while the other attacking players were substituted to earn a rest, Greenwood stayed out there for the full 90 minutes, a testament to the faith Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has in him
The only thing taking the shine off was being upstaged by his team-mate, Bruno Fernandes, whose double earned him the FC Man of the Match award with a Rating of 8.8
〽️ Rating Week-on-Week
Greenwood's last outing was in the FA Cup win against Norwich where he earned a 6.3 FC Rating for his performance.
But here the 18-year-old took things to another level, scoring and assisting in a single match for just the second time this season, to earn an 8.2 FC Rating for his display.
🗝️ Key Stats
Greenwood match stats
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Greenwood can probably now consider himself no longer merely a fringe member of this Manchester United side, but a fully-fledged member of the starting XI.
His performances off the left will also be giving Ole Solskjaer food for thought. With Jadon Sancho still on the radar, do they really need to spend £100m+ on a man that will see Greenwood frozen out, when they could bank on their own exciting talent instead?
Greenwood is obviously some way off the achievements of Sancho, but you have to begin somewhere. And the 18-year-old is beginning to look like the most promising and most capable of this new generation of United young talent.