Mason Greenwood Might make his full Man Utd debut vs Cardiff next week. The 17-year-old’s statistics are striking: 31 goals and 12 assists for the Under-18s, U19s and U23s.
He plundered a hat-trick against Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup and has scored free-kicks right and left-footed this term.
With Romelu Lukaku’s no goals in eight, Marcus Rashford’s none in six, Alexis Sanchez has one in 15, Jesse Lingard one in 17 and Anthony Martial has managed one in 10.
Solskjaer gave an unconvincing reply to Martial stands when asked on Friday:
“Anthony’s got goals in him, he has got loads of goals in him. So it’s up to us now to move forward and get that into him again, so I’m sure we’ll see him scoring goals for Man United again in the future.” Martial could do with moving forward, or just moving after his statuesque ‘warm-up’ last week.
Paul Scholes made a salient point about United’s identity crisis in attack. “You look now and you’ve got Lukaku, who’s definitely a centre forward, but then you’ve got Martial, Rashford, Sanchez. Are they centre-forwards? Are they wide players?”
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Mason Greenwood was also absent as he nurses an unspecified injury. The Yorkshire-born striker will not have a homecoming appearance at Huddersfield on Sunday but Solskjaer has already identified a possible full debut.
“Hopefully in the last game against Cardiff he will get his injury sorted and he will be ready,” the Norwegian said. That in itself was perhaps an admission of defeat in United’s lingering top four chances but, regardless of the table order, Greenwood is deserving of a genuine chance.
“He’s the first person I’ve seen that takes penalties and the free-kicks with his wrong foot,” former United youth coach Clayton Blackmore told the MEN. “I’ve never come across anyone like that! He’s got a great chance.”
It is not that there is a dearth of outstanding number nines but maybe the death of the number nine. Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez, Harry Kane and maybe Robert Lewandowski are the only remaining world-class centre forwards by trade.