Mason Greenwood is one of the most highly-rated prospects in the Manchester United academy.
The young striker is only 17 and was rewarded for his encouraging form at the start of this season with a professional deal. And Jose Mourinho handed him a place on the bench for United’s final Champions League group game against Valencia.
The United manager had suggested Greenwood would be the 19th man for the game but he was handed a position on the bench alongside fellow youth team player James Garner.
With Manchester United plagued by injuries and without as many as 10 first-team players for the Champions League second leg against PSG tonight, 17-year old Mason Greenwood is one of a number of youngsters to travel to the French capital.
Brandon Williams, James Garner, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong are also in the squad for tonight’s game, where United have the almighty task of turning around a two-goal deficit if they wish to advance to the quarter finals.
Still, United fans are buzzing about the possibility of seeing their young guns on the big stage, particularly Greenwood. He has bagged an incredible 22 goals in as many games this season, including five in the UEFA Youth League.
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Greenwood started his career in midfield pushing through as a No.10 but has since evolved to become a centre forward.
The 17-year-old has scored 22 goals in Man United’s youth teams and could make his first team debut on Wednesday night.
But, while he could be playing in the Champions League on Wednesday, Greenwood is expected to be back in school on Friday.
The Times write: “Mason Greenwood, the 17-year-old United striker, is due back in class at Ashton on Mersey School on Friday.
“United have a partnership with the school, which allows their youngsters to carry on their studies as they train with the club’s academy.”
What a reality check it will be for Greenwood, regardless of whether he features in France or not.
It does show the enormity of Man United’s task, though, knowing they may have to call on a schoolboy as they look to make a comeback.