Manchester United wonderkid Mason Greenwood believes he has enjoyed a BETTER season than last year despite scoring fewer goals – with in-form teenager insisting he now feels like ‘more of a player for the team’
- Mason Greenwood believes his all-round game has been better this campaign
- Manchester United starlet Greenwood has been in fine form since mid-March
- Despite scoring less this term, Greenwood says he has been better than last year
- Greenwood’s heroics have put him in contention for England’s Euro 2020 squad
Manchester United wonderkid Mason Greenwood says he has enjoyed a better season this year than the last campaign despite scoring fewer goals.
Greenwood, 19, burst into United’s first-team in spectacular fashion in 2019 and has netted 12 goals across all competitions this time around.
And, despite scoring less and enduring a significant barren spell, the teenager is adamant that his overall performances have been at a higher level than ever before.
Manchester United ace Mason Greenwood says he has enjoyed a better season than last year
‘I think I’ve done better than last season,’ Greenwood said. ‘The performances when I wasn’t scoring, I still think I was playing well. I don’t think I was playing poorly.
‘The final end product might not have been there and obviously towards the end of the season it’s kicked in, but I still feel like I’ve done a lot better than I had last year.
‘My goals and assists might not seem like it but in my opinion, and maybe the players around me, I feel like I’m more of a player for the team now as well.
Teenager Greenwood has netted five goals less than last campaign but feels he has improved
‘You’ve still got to defend. You can’t always just score, you’ve still got to do the other sides of the game.
‘It’s good to be back on the scoresheet and doing well, but I’d choose the team first and I’d rather have a good performance than just to score one goal and to not play well.
‘I’d rather do it for the team because, at the end of the day, it is a team sport and that’s what I’m here to do.
‘To be a part of the team and hopefully goals and stuff can help the team as well.’
Greenwood endured a lengthy barren spell in front of goal but recently burst back into form
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fielded Greenwood prominently once again this year
Highly rated prodigy Greenwood notched 17 goals last season, capping off his stunning rise through the ranks at Old Trafford, but, in comparison to his own lofty heights, he has endured a more difficult current campaign.
Eight of his tally this term have come since mid-March – but his return to a rich vein of form has fired him into contention to be named in England’s squad for Euro 2020. The Three Lions’ group will be revealed on Tuesday.
Greenwood also broke the record at United for the most Premier League goals by a teenager, which saw him jump above Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney.
The starlet will look to keep up his red-hot streak when United aim to take home their first trophy since 2017 on Wednesday in Gdansk, Poland.
With United next taking on Villarreal in the Europa League final, Greenwood will hope to start
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team head to Gdansk for the Europa League final to face Villarreal – and Greenwood has highlighted the importance of silverware.
He said, via ESPN: ‘To bring home a trophy is something the club needs, to bring home some silverware.
‘We’ve not had any for a few years. To be a part of the team that actually does win a piece of silverware will be a good feeling.
‘When you come and you’re in the academy, there’s pictures and photos on the walls of them back in the day winning the Champions League, the Premier Leagues, the FA Cups and that’s what it’s all about, really, for a football club.’