Mason Greenwood, 17, made his full Premier League debut on Sunday for Manchester United in their disappointing 2-0 home defeat to relegated Cardiff City, becoming their youngest ever player to start a Premier League fixture in the process. The previous record was held by Federicho Macheda.
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Fellow academy star Angel Gomes was quick to respond to Greenwood’s Instagram post, hinting that it won’t be the last for the immensely talented Bradford-born striker.
Greenwood has scored a superb 26 goals for the youth teams this season and nearly opened the scoring for United in the first-half when he was picked out by an Andreas Pereira cross, but he couldn’t connect with his header properly and Neil Etheridge denied Greenwood a dream start to his Premier League career.
The game for The Red Devils was a shambles, as Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Josh Murphy tore United apart.
Greenwood, however, at least offered hope to Manchester United fans that the future will be brighter.
Angel Gomes himself made his professional debut against Crystal Palace in 2017 and, along with Greenwood, is considered one of the brightest wonderkids to emerge from the academy ranks in recent years.
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to pull United out of a rut he must find a way to incorporate them into his first team squad on a regular basis next season.