Top player in summer sport. Man-United player of the summer .The 19-year-old showcased how much his all-round game had improved against Leeds as he aims to become the Red Devils’ first-choice central striker
Bruno Fernandes’ three goals and Paul Pogba’s four assists may have taken the headlines in the immediate aftermath of Manchester United’s opening-day win over Leeds United, but as time has gone on since full-time, another player has been taking much of the adulation.
“For me, the star of the show was Greenwood,” was ex-Liverpool captain and now-renowned Premier League pundit Graeme Souness’ view when speaking on Sky Sports . “For a young man that’s sensational.
“That boy is a finisher and he’s going to be a top player.”
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Souness has certainly had some controversial opinions when it has come to United players over the years, but this one was definitely accurate.
The way in which Greenwood burst clear of Leeds defender Pascal Struijk before driving an unerring finish into the bottom corner to put United 2-1 up against Leeds a week ago showcased everything fans and pundits already knew about the 19-year-old’s main strengths.
But it was the other side of his game, though, that will have pleased Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the most, while also offering a glimpse of the player Greenwood can become as he continues to develop.
Having struggled at times as a No.9 last season, Greenwood was exceptional playing as a central striker at Old Trafford.
His intelligent movement allowed him to link up well with Fernandes behind him, while also offering space for Pogba and Dan James to cut inside from their respective wings and cause the Leeds central defenders problems.
Greenwood also posted the highest passing accuracy of any United player on the day, finding his target 88 per cent of the time as he saw out the whole 90 minutes. https://www.flashup.com.ng/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/man-u.png
That is all a sure sign that the teenager is maturing, with Solskjaer having made clear that a player who left the club’s Carrington training base at the end of last season as a boy has returned as a man.
“He’s filling out, he’s stronger. His stride is stronger. When he ran away from the defender and scored his goal, it was a joy to see,” Solskjaer explained after the 5-1 win over Leeds.
“I don’t know if he thrives playing down the middle. He just loves playing football wherever he is on the pitch.
“He is so clean on the ball, so strong. When you have got kids who just play with courage and no fear whatsoever, it doesn’t matter where he is playing.
“His approach, attitude and application, everything he has done every day, he’s been getting better and better – and that’s maturity as well in the kid.”
As Solskjaer pointed out, it is not just Greenwood’s understanding of the game that has improved over the summer, but also his physical attributes. Top player in summer sport