Mason Greenwood overtakes Rooney and Ronaldo in Man Utd history books

Mason Greenwood eclipsed Manchester United legends Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo with his goal against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Greenwood scored his sixth Premier League goal of the season – and his 11th in all competitions – when he gave United the lead after Bruno Fernandes had cancelled out Bertrans Traore’s opener.

Edinson Cavani went on to complete the scoring, with his fifth Premier League goal off the bench this season equalling a record held by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Javier Hernandez.

But United’s record books had already been rewritten after Greenwood evaded Tyrone Mings with apparent ease before firing his side on their way to victory.

Greenwood’s goal was his 16th top-flight strike for United, making him the highest-scoring teenager in the club’s Premier League history – ahead of Rooney, Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Ryan Giggs.

Mason Greenwood celebrates after his record-breaking goal against Aston Villa

That places him ahead of illustrious company, with the 19-year-old well on the way to vindicating his commendation by legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who described a young Greenwood as “special” long before his breakthrough into the first team.

Greenwood was fast-tracked into Solskjaer’s first-team plans aged just 17 back in 2019, when United were short of strikers having shipped Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez out to Inter Milan.

After impressing during his breakthrough campaign he faced increased competition following the signing of Cavani back in October, but seven goals in his last 10 games have underlined his promise as the future of United’s attack.

Greenwood is still behind two United legends in terms of scoring in all competitions as a teenager.

Mason Greenwood has scored more than both Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo did as teenagers
Mason Greenwood has scored more than both Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo did as teenagers

He has 28 in all for the first team – with Norman Whiteside having netted 39 before he turned 20, while George Best was just two behind with 37.

But Greenwood will have plenty of chance to increase his teenage tally as he does not turn until 20 until October.

The hotshot could be in for a busy week as Solskjaer’s side host Leicester on Tuesday before the rearranged visit of Liverpool just two days later.

United host Fulham six days after that, before ending their Premier League campaign away to Wolves a week on Sunday, with the Europa League final against Villarreal the following Wednesday.

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