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Manchester United: Mason Greenwood fails to step up against AC Milan

Manchester United were denied what could have been a pivotal UEFA Europa League victory against AC Milan at Old Trafford.

Amad Diallo’s first Red Devils strike looked like being enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men on Thursday evening but a late Simon Kjaer header ensured that the teams are level heading to the San Siro next week.

It was an evening of mixed performances from the United team, with Mason Greenwood one of those who severely underwhelmed.

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Recalled into the starting XI due to the absence of fellow academy graduate Marcus Rashford, the 19-year-old was almost anonymous on the right flank.

According to WhoScored, the Englishman did not have a single shot throughout the game and only managed to contribute one key pass.

Whilst that lack of threat is somewhat not a surprise considering that Greenwood has only scored four goals in all competitions this season, his lack of involvement was poor.

Of the United players who completed the 90 minutes, only goalkeeper Dean Henderson and defender Eric Bailly had fewer touches of the ball than the 19-year-old. Even when he did get involved and receive, he was not able to do much with it. Only Alex Telles relinquished possession more regularly than Greenwood, who lost the ball 15 times. His passing success was not all too inspiring either at 75%, via Sofascore.

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Considering that Greenwood was brought into the team in place of Rashford, who could be a doubt for the weekend’s clash with West Ham United, Solskjaer will be concerned about the performance of his £45m-rated forward and also the potential of including the starlet in the starting lineup against the Hammers.

That might be harsh considering Rashford’s phenomenal output so far throughout the season for the Red Devils but Greenwood certainly needs to improve and avoid more anonymous showings, especially with United continuing to challenge on multiple fronts.

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