Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright believes that Manchester United attacker Mason Greenwood will eventually better the number of goals scored by the likes of Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen.
Greenwood, who turns 20-years-old in a little over a month’s time, got his Premier League campaign off to the best possible start last weekend, scoring United’s second goal in their emphatic 5-1 victory over Leeds United at Old Trafford.
He latched onto Paul Pogba’s excellent pass and buried a low shot out of the reach of Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier. That strike took his tally of goals for United to 30, 18 of which have come in the Premier League.
To have reached 30 goals for United’s first-team before hitting the age of 20 is an impressive achievement, especially when he has risen through the club’s academy ranks.
With Greenwood’s statistics making such impressive reading, Wright is backing the youngster to ‘blast past’ some of the Premier League’s greatest players of all-time, including the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Robbie Fowler and former United duo Rooney and Owen, who are the only four players in the history of the Premier League to have scored more goals as a teenager than Greenwood.
Speaking on the Kelly & Wrighty Show, Wright said: “When you look at what Mason is doing there, the numbers are amazing.
“You look at the other people on that list, they are unbelievable. What they didn’t go through that Mason has is being at Manchester United from a young age, getting through that academy and into the first-team.
“He’s putting in performances and getting numbers. If that’s a sign of things to come from him, it’s frightening to think what he will end up doing because he’s done a lot already.
“He’s got there under a lot of pressure, that just comes with the territory at Manchester United, and he seems to be dealing with it now.
“He just seems ready now. I feel that in not long he’s going to be blasting past those other guys’ numbers.”
Greenwood will be looking to increase his tally of goals and earn a second successive start when United face Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.