Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood has recently been tipped to emulate the exploits of former Red Devils star Robin van Persie.
Greenwood is one of the hottest young prospects in English football right now.
The 18-year-old forward showed glimpses of his quality last term, becoming Manchester United’s youngest starter in the Premier League era when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed him his full debut against Cardiff on the final day of the season.
But it has been during the 2019/20 campaign where Greenwood has really begun to impress.
The England under-21 international’s combination of pace, quick feet and a deadly strike makes him a nightmare for opposing defenders.
This, in turn, has seen Greenwood score five in 22 league outings this campaign, a decent record when you consider that he started just three of those ties.
Bradford-born Greenwood has also shone in Europe this season, netting five in seven Europa League outings for United.
The centre-forward’s last strike in Europe, vs LASK on March 12th, saw him become the first-ever teenager to score as many as five goals in a single European campaign for the Red Devils.
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Greenwood backed to emulate RVP
Now, as mentioned above, Greenwood’s exploits over the last year or so have earned him a comparison with one of United’s best strikers in recent years.
Robin van Persie joined Man United from bitter rivals Arsenal in the summer of 2012.
The Dutchman went on to enjoy a superb stint at Old Trafford, notching 58 goals and providing 21 assists in 105 appearances, clinching a Premier League title in the process.
And now, in a recent interview, Luke Shaw has backed Greenwood to emulate RVP, stating that he sees no reason why his United teammate can’t turn himself into another van Persie:
“He’s had a fantastic first season in the first team. He’s clearly a natural goalscorer.
“This season – even though he doesn’t start all the time – his goals return and his stats are great, and he’s got some assists too. For someone so young, in their first season, he’s done brilliantly.
“He’s still got so much to learn, but if he carries on working hard and pushes himself every day then I don’t see why we can’t see him turn into another Robin van Persie or a player of that style that’ll score lots of goals for us.”
Shaw would also praise Greenwood for his ability to use both feet:
“Purely the fact that he’s so two-footed, it’s unbelievable.”
Quotes via Goal.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.