Mason Greenwood burst onto the scene at Man Utd with his appetite for goals clear for all to see but his best – and future – position continues to divide opinion
Mason Greenwood’s best position has been an ongoing debate with Manchester United greats Teddy Sheringham and Denis Irwin adopting different opinions.
The 20-year-old has become a mainstay in the first-team picture since making his debut under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Greenwood scored 17 times in his breakout year and notched in the opening three games of the current campaign.
Hailed by many as the best finisher at the club, the United star has had to adapt with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo coming into the fold.
But with quality players around to nurture him Greenwood is set to prosper – it is just a matter of where. Although the Englishman has made his feelings known on where he sees himself.
Sheringham, formerly a prolific striker, felt as if the academy graduate was going to be the central point in attack later in his career. Irwin meanwhile feels as if a No 10 role would be more suited.
“I said I thought that’s where Greenwood was going to be heading [playing at centre-forward]. He said to me ‘no he’s more of a number 10’. Again, he’s scored his goals throughout his United career, youth career, but Denis thinks he’s more of a number 10.
“I thought he was developing as a number nine and you know, United were planning on keeping him there for the long run, learning off Cavani.
“Denis sees it a little bit differently and he sees Greenwood more often than I do.
“He [Greenwood] definitely knows where the goal is. I love the way he finishes, very, very clever.
“Whether he gets in the six-yard box enough for a centre-forward, I don’t know. He scores good goals rather than a lot of goals more often than not, I think.”
Solskjaer put faith in a teenage Greenwood early in his tenure.
The United boss continued to praise his forward, even when he went through a difficult period last term.
He felt as if Greenwood would eventually end up as a No 9 but thought, at his current age, he was best suited to a wide role.
“Maybe in the future he can play as a central striker, but I still think that’s a few years away,” Solskjaer said earlier this year. “Being a centre-forward in the Premier League is probably the hardest position to play.
“At the moment, I think Mason is more suited to playing that wide role, dropping into pockets, finding space and running in behind.”