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Mason Greenwood

Date of birth:
Oct 1, 2001 (17)
Nationality:
England England
Foot: Both

Wherever possible, Manchester United have tried to keep Mason Greenwood under wraps. It is club policy that youth team players under the age of 18 are not allowed to speak to the media, and even official channels, in-house television station MUTV and the United website, are only rarely granted special access.

United have been especially careful with Greenwood, similar to the way Sir Alex Ferguson shielded Ryan Giggs nearly 30 years ago. The problem, though (if you can call it that) is Greenwood has done more than enough talking on the pitch. 

Greenwood was raised in Wibsey to the southwest of Bradford and was making headlines by the time he was 4 ... only that was for winning a modelling competition. His prize was a £50 shopping voucher.

He comes from a family of athletes. Sister Ashton, 19, is a runner who attends Manchester Metropolitan University on a sport scholarship, splitting her time between the track and a philosophy degree. She has a personal best of 12.7 seconds over 100 metres, although her preferred event is the 400.

Mason isn't slow either, and when combined with an ability to score goals with impressive regularity, it makes for a dangerous centre-forward. He has evolved from a link-up man or No. 10 to a central striker, and despite being eligible for the Under-16s last season, he finished the campaign as the Under-18s' top scorer with 17 goals from 17 starts. His goals helped Kieran McKenna's side win the U-18 Premier League North. 

When the U-19s beat Real Madrid 1-0 to win the ICGT tournament in the Netherlands in May, it was Greenwood who scored the winner. He was named player of the tournament despite being the youngest player in the squad.

And yet, Greenwood is more than just a finisher. His technical ability is beyond anything many of United's age-group coaches have ever seen before in a player his age. He can take corners, free kicks and penalties with both feet so well that it's hard to decipher which is his strongest side.

 

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