Jamie Carragher has warned that Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho may “stunt the growth” of one of the club’s most exciting prospects.
After coming close to landing Sancho last summer, the Red Devils have reportedly rekindled their interest in the Borussia Dortmund winger, who appears open to the move.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed another excellent season with the German giants, grabbing 14 goals and 18 assists in all competitions while mainly featuring on the right wing.
But Carragher highlighted the excellent progress of Greenwood, 19, who has 17 goal involvements and appears best-suited to playing on the right flank, just like his England teammate Sancho.
“There’s a lot of talk about Cavani today because he’s signed, but the big thing for me is Greenwood,” Carragher told Sky Sports . “I think he’s a superstar.
“In terms of bringing Sancho in, if you bring him in he’s got to play probably 70 to 80 per cent of games on the right hand side.
“I just don’t think Mason Greenwood is ready yet to have him and (Edinson) Cavani as the centre-forwards.
“You’ve either got a really old guy who has done brilliantly or a really young guy who is maybe not ready physically to lead the line for United.
“I think Greenwood has started 19 games this season. Next season that natural progression is to go to 30, 35 starts.
“I think Manchester United buying a Harry Kane or a (Erling) Haaland and actually using Greenwood from the right, coming inside on his left foot.
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“I think he’s brilliant at that, I really do. I think physically it helps him because he’s not straight down the middle holding the ball up.
“I’d just be really wary for Manchester United, if they brought Sancho in, would that stunt the growth of Mason Greenwood?
“I’m not quite sure, at his age, he can play centre-forward consistently. I think Manchester United need a centre-forward more than they need a right-sided player, and I think of Greenwood a lot.
“I’m not quite sure about Greenwood playing centre-forward right now. In three or four years time when he’s physically bigger and stronger, yes.
“But what he’s doing at the moment at the right side, getting a lot of goals now. I think Sancho could come in and maybe play better and get more crosses in, but could he get more goals than Greenwood from that position? I’m not quite sure.”
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