Thanks to a goal against Astana in the Europa League, the striker Greenwood became the first player born after 2000 to score for Man Utd.
Before the match at Old Trafford on the evening of September 19, the youngest player ever to score for Man Utd in the continental arena was the legendary George Best. He scored at 18 and 158 days. However, Mason Greenwood shattered this record with a goal against Astana. The mature striker from Carrington scored at 17 and 353 days, younger than Best at 170 days.
Greenwood was also the player born after the first 2000 goals for Man Utd. Previously, in the friendly phase preparing for the 2019-2020 season, he scored two goals against Leeds Utd and Inter.
The youngest player ever to score for Man Utd in an official match is Federico Macheda. The Italian striker scored in April 2009 at the age of 17 and 227 days. Following Macheda are Greenwood, Danny Welbeck, and Marcus Rashford, respectively.
Greenwood is also the second youngest player in history to play for Man Utd for the first time. He made his first-team debut in March 2019, aged 17 and 159 days, behind Angel Gomes (16 and 263 days), and above Macheda, Nicky Butt (17 and 304 days).
Along with Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong, Greenwood was among the under-21 players who were given the starting kick by Ole Gunnar Solskjar last night. Before scoring in the 73rd minute, helping Man Utd win at least 1-0, Greenwood had two chances to finish but failed.
Coach Solskjaer commented on the 17-year-old student: “Greenwood is one of the best strikers I’ve ever seen. His shots, it looks simple, but it’s the hard work of repeating many basic movements. Greenwood knows how to choose the right position, and handled the ball effectively thanks to excellent technique. Back at his age, my level was poor.”