Goals from Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba ensured that Manchester United ended up back on the top spot of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made a desperate start to fall behind inside five minutes, with Ademola Lookman firing home past the helpless goalkeeper David de Gea after a momentary lapse in concentration from the visitors.
United had every right to feel aggrieved shortly after as Fred’s appeal for a penalty following a clumsy challenge from Ruben Loftus-Cheek fell on deaf ears.
But the Red Devils did not give up, with Bruno Fernandes rattling the post before Alphonse Areola fumbled a cross from the Portuguese star to allow Edinson Cavani to tap home from close range.
And whilst Pogba scored a superb winner to secure the victory, Mason Greenwood struggled to get a foothold in the game from the right flank.
Greenwood was given the nod to start ahead of the red-hot Marcus Rashford, who has scored 14 goals and supplied 9 assists in 30 appearances across all competitions this season so far, via Transfermarkt.
Despite scoring twice, not everyone was at the races against Fulham, as Greenwood let Solskjaer down badly with his abysmal display.
Greenwood has been struggling for form for a while now and the lack of genuine competition probably means he’s played more than expected, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that his touch and pass utterly deserted him.
The £45m-rated 19-year-old was lightweight in his battles, winning just three out of five ground duels, he didn’t attempt a single challenge in the air, and lost possession 12 times, which shows that it wasn’t a night to remember for him with some sloppy passing.
In 85 minutes, Greenwood struggled with deliveries for a lot of the game after he failed to find his intended targets with any of his three attempted crosses or three long balls, whilst he managed just 30 passes, which is far fewer than his teammate Fred (56), as per SofaScore.
It didn’t help, either, that his only shot was blocked, as he failed to register a single shot on target in the entire game, emphasising that he looked out of sorts and lost for ideas on the right flank.
The Manchester Evening News’ Samuel Luckhurst delivered a damning verdict in his post-match player ratings, claiming he ‘did not offer enough again from the right and his Reykjavik hangover continues.’
With Rashford, Daniel James and Juan Mata all on the bench, it’s surprising Greenwood lasted so long, especially when you consider the fact he hasn’t found the back of the net since the 3-1 win at West Ham last year.
AND in other news, Manchester United should sign David Brooks…