“He’s up there with Harry Kane you know. Kane is the best finisher I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Those were the words of Dean Henderson last week. He was talking about Mason Greenwood.
The MEN revealed last month that Manchester United have identified Erling Haaland as their priority striker target in the transfer market, with signing a prolific centre-forward high on the agenda at Old Trafford.
However, might the Reds not already have the centre-forward they desire in Greenwood?
While comparisons with Kane may feel premature, Greenwood’s sensational rise shares parallels with that of Spurs’ talisman.
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There’s no denying Greenwood has endured a difficult season this time around but he’s improved in recent weeks. He was unfortunate not to score against West Ham before scoring against Leicester and providing United’s matchwinner against Brighton last weekend.
The 19-year-old lasted 90 minutes in each of United’s last five games – the first time he has strung such a run together in his fledgling career.
It’s also worth noting, Greenwood attempted eight shots in the box across the league games against West Ham and Brighton, which is at least twice the total of any of his teammates across those games, and he’s certainly posed a menacing threat in attack for United.
With Greenwood teasing a return to his best goalscoring form in recent weeks, he has the perfect opportunity against Granada to enhance his credentials to make United’s centre-forward role his own despite Edinson Cavani being likely to lead the line on Thursday.
Granada have conceded the most goals in La Liga (49) this campaign, and while a Europa League quarter-final should always be approached with respect, United could potentially run riot in Spain.
To end this current campaign in great form should give Greenwood an excellent foundation to build from, and with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford ruled out, it wouldn’t be a bad place to start by taking advantage of the Spanish top-flight’s worst defence.