Mark Hughes believes that Mason Greenwood is setting himself up to have a fantastic career at Manchester United if he continues in his current vein.
The forward burst onto the scene last season, scoring 19 goals in 51 games in his breakthrough season. As a result of his post-lockdown form, he earned a first call-up to the senior England squad. Despite a tough start to this season, he has progressed again to become a key part of United’s front line.
In fact, he could well feature in Gareth Southgate’s provisional Euro 2020 squad announced on Tuesday. Amid debate over his inclusion at the tournament, good performances in warm-up game could secure his spot.
For his club, though, Gary Neville has claimed that Greenwood will be the subject of a transfer conundrum for United.
Talk of signing winger Jadon Sancho is returning, but Neville wants his old club to decide if they see Greenwood as a winger or a striker.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Hughes insisted that the 19-year-old currently looks more like a winger and insisted that defenders’ biggest fear of him is his ability to play with both feet.
“I like Mason, I think he is an exceptional young player,” the managerial veteran said. “He enjoys that right-hand side of the pitch. I think that’s his best position, he enjoys coming in on his left foot but he can go the other way as well.
“It’s really difficult for defenders when you’re up against a player who doesn’t really favour one side or the other.
“If you show him one side, he’ll go the other way and he can get off shots really strongly with either foot.
“I think he doesn’t really enjoy being down the middle as much as those wider positions, much like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in that regard, so he can attack full-backs and he has that space.”
Hughes also labelled Greenwood as potentially the best finisher at Old Trafford, tipping big things for the forward if he carries on the way he is.
Hughes lauds Man Utd’s Greenwood
“He’s well thought of at the club, a lot of people say he’s arguably the best finisher at United,” the 57-year-old said.
“You sense that if he can keep on the trajectory that he’s on now in terms of his progression and can keep performing then he is going to have a great career at United.
“He’s had a great start, I think some people forget how old he is and it’s not easy to go right through the ranks at the club and pull the shirt on. To break into the first team and hold your own shows what talent he has got and credit to him.”
Greenwood could yet play a vital role in United’s season-ending showpiece, as they face Villarreal in the Europa League final on Wednesday.