Man Utd starlet ‘will be as good as’ Mbappe, claims pundit

Date published: Monday 30th August 2021 4:01 - Joe Williams

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Man Utd striker Mason Greenwood “will be as good as” Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, according to Simon Jordan.

The 19-year-old has scored a goal in each of the Red Devils first three Premier League matches, including the winning goal in a narrow 1-0 victory over Wolves.

Greenwood has become a regular for Man Utd over the past couple of seasons, scoring 12 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions in the 2020/21 campaign.

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There is a real feeling that Greenwood could explode this season if he gets a run of matches in the starting XI, which is looking like an increasingly tough task after the signings of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan reckons Greenwood “will be as good as” PSG superstar Mbappe in the future.

Jordan said on talkSPORT: “You’re looking at players like Jude Bellingham who is significantly younger, Bukayo Saka at Arsenal and Jadon Sancho at Man United, who’s not really getting a starting line-up opportunity – albeit there was one yesterday – you look at it and say the best players should play for their country.

“I know there was a situation a year ago where he didn’t behave himself very well with Phil Foden – but that’s a year ago. He’s outstanding and as good as anyone that’s around right now.

“This boy will be as good as Kylian Mbappe and for him to be excluded from the England team there must be something we’re missing.

“Maybe we didn’t get the memo about best players being called up or whatever it might be or maybe there’s a reason behind why we’re not being told.

“It beggars belief that a player like this, with this level of electricity and excitement can’t get in.”

Meanwhile, former Man Utd striker Andy Cole doesn’t think Greenwood wants to be a No. 9 for the Red Devils and would prefer to play off the main striker.

“I don’t think Mason wants to play as a centre forward. That’s a difficult, difficult role,” Cole said.

“To be a No. 9, that’s pressure. Being off the left or the right is different. Being a No. 9 at Old Trafford, that’s pressure.

“With Mason’s talent, he can play across the line. But speaking to some of the coaches, like Fletch [Darren Fletcher], I don’t think he’s fixed as playing as a No. 9.

“It’s tough at such a young age. To be Manchester United’s No. 9 at that age is hard work. I don’t think they’re looking at Mason as a No. 9 but he’ll be in the team and play for sure.”


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