MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Ashley Young of Manchester United celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Europa League group L match between Manchester United and AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford on December 12, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
1. GREENWOOD IS MINT
Touted as a “generational talent” by many, Mason has had a lot of focus on him for a long time now. Though there have been games where we haven’t seen the full potential, this was not one of those. In the game against AZ, Greenwood created 3 chances with 100% successful take-ons to add to his 2 goals. Being managed correctly is key to his development, but the signs we’ve seen so far point to the fact that we might’ve been bang on about Mason being a lethal force in front of the goal.
2. Matic is done
Nemanja Matic’s career at Manchester United has looked like it’s over for quite some time now and that fact was further solidified at the game against AZ. Matic not only looked out of pace, but looked so much worse than a certain Scotish midfielder who was rested at the night for United. Matic has looked disinterested in playing for United for a while now and most of us won’t be surprised if he has played one of his final games for the club. His departure would go in line with what Ole wants to build at the club, young players with high potential who want to actually put on the jersey and play for us week in week out.
3. The enigma that is Andreas Pereira
From missing a simple through ball to pulling off skill moves at the corner flag and creating a goal, Andreas is truly one of the biggest mysteries in our club at the moment. There are many occasions where his technical ability is on full display but unfortunately, there are so many instances where he exhibits an almost astonishing lack of decision making. Given how many chances he’s been given in the first team this season, Andres is at a crucial stage in his United career, where improvement in parts of his game might cement his future at the club and a lack of that would mean him being moved on.
4. We need a deeper squad
With the likes of Mata, Young and Matic being a part of our rotation squad shows the lack of quality we have when we look outside our firtst team. It’s a negative take from the game, but we need to fix the obvious gaps in our squad which will allow us to field quality players on the pitch without putting a lot of pressure on our young guns in games like this. With the January transfer market right around the corner, we can just hope that the board looks at the obvious need for recruitment and starts the strengthening of our squad right away instead of pushing it further till the summer.
5. Patience is key with youth
Though it was Mason who stole the headlines against AZ, there were a couple of solid performances from our youngsters with Brandon and Garner having a good game. Brandon Williams, who can make a compelling case for being our first choice left-back along with Garner and Greenwood are prime examples of how young talent should be treated. A run of games on the pitch followed by a much needed break from the limelight will go a long way in helping younger players make a smooth transition into the first team. Ole seems to have mastered this and we as fans need to be patient with the immense pool of young talent we have at our disposal and let them take their natural path towards development.
What do you think?