It should come as no surprise if Manchester United boy wonders Mason Greenwood is going to be a highlighted man
It should come as no surprise if Manchester United boy wonders Mason Greenwood will become a flagged man … another goal against Southampton would have seen teen striker George Best and Wayne Rooney mimic
- Mason Greenwood was beautifully managed by Southampton on Monday evening
- It would come as no surprise if the Manchester United star became a standout man
- His top speed was set on Sky Sports before Oriol Romeu crumpled him
- United and Greenwood were forced to physically resist their opponents
The Sky Sports commentary team had only just determined that Mason Greenwood clocked a faster top speed this season than both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial when Oriol Romeu found a way to slow down Manchester United’s teen star in Southampton.
Greenwood made a pass in his own half, but was left crumpled on the Old Trafford turf when Romeu arrived late and dropped his studs into the youngster’s left ankle, who twisted uncomfortably.
“He tried to kill him – that could be leg breakers,” said co-commentator Gary Neville after praising the 18-year-old pre-match.
Mason Greenwood has been beautifully managed by Southampton and can become a highlighted man
“He went for the standing leg and it’s one every professional will look at and say ‘I don’t like that’. Mason Greenwood is a happy boy. ‘
VAR disagreed. Matt Le Tissier, too, fighting from the studio around the corner from Southampton.
“I think it happened by accident,” said Le Tissier. “If there had been more power, you could have said it was similar to other red cards we’ve seen this season.
“Romeu actually slows down when he gets to him. I am not sure if it is an intentional attempt. ‘
Another goal would have seen him as Wayne Rooney and George Best
Regardless, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the boy wonder becomes a marked man. Sixteen goals in all competitions can do that for a player, no matter how old they are.
Another one for Greenwood on Monday night would have made him match George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney in scoring 17 for United as a teenager.
He didn’t get it and for that you can add the marking job that Southampton has put on him.
While Rashford and Martial scored their 21st goals of the season, Greenwood was restrained on the right by Ryan Bertrand.
When Romeu gave the teenager a floor just before half-time, Bertrand was back in the area.
Oriol Romeu slowed down the Manchester United teen star by dropping his studs into his ankle
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had warned his players about Southampton’s high-energy pressing game – ‘I call it a German aggressive rock’ n ‘roll style of football,’ the United manager said beforehand – even though it didn’t look like it from United gave up the opening goal after Danny Ings robbed Paul Pogba.
But these were even more aggressive saints than we are used to seeing.
Jack Stephens got a foul on Bruno Fernandes in the second half and Che Adams risked a warning when he put Victor Lindelof on the ground shortly after.
United resisted the challenge, although Luke Shaw limped after flipping his ankle and his replacement Brandon Williams followed with an open head.
Greenwood had now left the field and fortunately showed no adverse effects from the incident in Romeu. It is certainly not the last time he will be a target.
Greenwood had left the field later and luckily showed no adverse effects from the challenge