Manchester United are reportedly looking to strike a healthy balance in training with Mason Greenwood as they look to aid his progression.
Greenwood, 19, has been unable to replicate his goalscoring form from last season in 2020-2021. The talented forward hit 10 Premier League goals and 17 in all competitions last term.
But, from 17 league outings, he has found the net just once this season. The Bradford-born starlet has also netted once in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Champions League.
But it is worrying that his league goals have dried up since bagging against West Ham on December 5. The Athletic claim that United are putting the youngster through special training drills at Carrington.
Work is focusing on ways to improve his goalscoring prowess at the near post. But there is said to be concern that they do not overcomplicate the situation.
Young players need to express themselves on the pitch to show their true potential. And the worry is that Greenwood’s natural instincts could be curtailed.
He has shown signs of life in recent weeks and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed his display against Everton.
“Ah, Mason was different class,” said the Norwegian. “I thought he was the standout performer on the pitch. He just didn’t get the goal that his performance deserved.
“I think the last few games, if you look at him closely – yeah, I know we scored nine against Southampton – but if you look at his performance, I thought his performance was top.
“He’s improved and matured immensely, and he’s working with some of the top forwards in the country, of course.”
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Greenwood was taken off four minutes from the end of normal time in Tuesday’s FA Cup clash with West Ham. With both teams failing to score in 90 minutes, the youngster missed the extra-time period.
Scott McTominay’s 97th-minute strike saw the Red Devils reach the quarter-finals where they will face Leicester City. And Solskjaer has explained why he substituted Greenwood late on with another 30 minutes looming.
“Mason did really well,” he added after the match. “He played well. We’re managing his minutes. He’s played the last three now from the start and Anthony played a game the other week and didn’t play the last game, so we wanted him to complete the game.
“Marcus, we wanted to keep him for the counter threats, the pace. Mason was really positive night.”