It is fact that Greenwood would have been a regular starter if Ronaldo had not made his dramatic comeback to Manchester United in the dying moments of this year’s summer window.
While Ronaldo has been a consistent performer for United this season, it has come at the cost of Mason Greenwood’s place in the side.
Greenwood’s newfound shooting ability has been an asset for the Red Devils since the start of the last season and was an important figure under former manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Having said that, El Nacional understands that Greenwood is not happy with his current situation at Old Trafford.
The source understands that Greenwood is ‘annoyed’ by the fact that Ronaldo is always the first name on the teamsheet and has been consistently falling down the pecking order under the new interim manager, Ralf Rangnick. The source also reports that the Englishman is not happy with the game time he is being given, at the moment.
A part of the 20-year-old’s frustration also stems from the fact that Ronaldo has already ‘assumed control’ of the dressing room in such a short span of time.
While these reports may simply be bogus, Greenwood and Ronaldo have not gelled together on the pitch and that was visible in United’s 2-0 loss in the Manchester Derby. Ronaldo too is said to be disappointed and annoyed by the 20-year-old’s tendency to shoot rather than provide assists.
Greenwood’s frustration is perfectly understandable as he is a part of England’s ‘golden generation’ and his contemporaries in Phil Foden and Mason Mount have been running the show for their respective teams. It is perfectly natural to assume that the winger cum striker wants to compete for a place in the England XI which will travel to Qatar next year.
For that, the source also believes that Greenwood would be open to moving on from Manchester United. The player is said to be aware of the interest he would gather should he decide to move on from the Red Devils. The likes of Barcelona, Arsenal, and Juventus are said to be signing the 20-year-old.
United’s season has partially hit the right tone following Rangnick’s appointment as the interim manager. With West Ham United dropping points at Arsenal, United are now only 3 points away from the fourth-placed Arsenal, with a game in hand. In other words, United will find themselves in the fourth position should they win their next game.
Greenwood featured in the game against Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League and scored the only goal for his side, which saw them draw 1-1 with the Swiss outfit.
Coach Rangnck was full of praise for the 20-year-old and disclosed that he could be a regular in his teamsheet if he continued to put up such performances.
“He’s a massive talent – left foot, right foot, good on the ball. Also, the way that he set up the goal for Fred on Sunday, so it’s about continuity.
“He has to develop physically but technically for his age, he is a great player. My job is to develop him, to make an athlete out of him and if he manages to do that, he can become a regular player for this club.”
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