Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood along with nine other players has been nominated for the 2021 Kopa Trophy. The trophy is given to the best player in the world under the age of 21. He had an impressive start to the current season and has been a regular for Manchester United in the English Premier League. Now lets us take a look at how he has performed this season.
Greenwood has started in all seven games in the Premier League. The xG rate of the youngster is 1.95 and he has scored three goals in the opening three games of the season. The 20-years old has attempted 23 shots so far and nine of them have been on target. The player is also not shy to attempt dribbles and averages around seven dribbles per match. He has made 21 recoveries and 19 of them have been inside the opposition half.
Against Aston Villa Greenwood contributed a lot. He attempted eight shots and two shots were on target. The 20-years old took eight touches in the opposition box and attempted ten dribbles.
Greenwood naturally plays as a striker on the pitch and he was the lone striker in the first match against Leeds and third match against Wolves. Cristiano Ronaldo’s return meant that he was shifted towards the right side to allow Ronaldo to operate from the middle. This is the reason why his pass map is more towards the right side of the pitch. The youngster has attempted some crosses and passes from the right flank. Some of the passes inside the opposition 6-yard box have created the highest number of threats.
Mason Greenwood has scored his three goals from inside the opposition 18-yard box. Ten shots have been attempted from outside the box and the other 13 have been attempted from inside the box. Some of the shots attempted have been from the left side and Greenwood has operated on the opposite side this season. The shot accuracy is 39% for the youngster.
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in.
From the above chart, we can observe that he is ranked higher than most of the other plays in the attacking and creativity department. The player averages more than 12 attacking actions per 90 and the rank is pretty high amongst the other players in the league. He takes around four touches in the opposition box per 90 minutes and also contested more than 11 offensive duels per 90. Greenwood averages more than 4 touches in the opposition box per 90 and is ranked high amongst the other league players.
Mason Greenwood has shown some signs of improvement and has earned the managers trust. Ole starts him on the right and ahead of star signing Jadon Sancho who has operated from the left side instead of his favourite right side. The youngster has not scored goals in the recent games but has been involved in a lot of attacking play. He is surely considered as a future prospect at Manchester United.