🦁 Premier League Player of the Week - Man Utd's teen sensation

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

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All this Super League nonsense has made us all forget there was actually some Premier League action that took place this weekend.

With that in mind, it’s time to crown our player of the week …

Mason Greenwood (Manchester United)

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The 19-year-old forward wrote himself in to the history books at Manchester United with his brace in the 3-1 win over Burnley on Sunday.

Greenwood has now equalled Wayne Rooney’s goal record as a teenager for the club, reaching 15 goals before the age of 20.

And we all know how well Rooney went on to do.

It’s been a strange season for the Bradford-born player, one that has seen him fail to hold down a regular spot in what was meant to be his ‘breakthrough’ year.

He has also lost his place in the England squad after an indiscretion in Iceland.

But, it’s been a positive couple of weeks for Greenwood as he has reminded us all of his prestigious talents and he may have just forced himself back into the Manchester United starting XI after all.

Operating from the right-hand side, Greenwood isn’t your chalk-on-the-boots type of winger but instead is a striker operating from the right, able to take up goalscoring positions in the box while Edinson Cavani occupies the centre-backs.

The scary thing about the teenager is his ability to use both feet.

He displayed that with a composed left-footed finish for his first goal against Sean Dyche’s men, holding his run as Marcus Rashford’s ball slid across the box and able to strike into the net with all the time in the world.

Greenwood came inside on that left foot (he’s alleged to be right-footed) to slot home his second, albeit with the aid of a deflection.

It’s four goals in his last three games now and that right forward spot in the United line-up looks like it has been nailed down at long last.

Speaking after the match, his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lavished tons of praise on him: “Mason isn’t just a natural finisher – he’s a natural footballer.

“He is so smooth and he’s matured so much this season.

“You can see his body has developed and he’s getting stronger.

“His consistency is getting better and better and he will start scoring more goals, that’s for sure.”

He’s now rubbing shoulders with Rooney in the history books, which is not a bad place to start.