Mason Greenwood prepares to come on at Arsenal.

Another record for Mason Greenwood

Thursday 23 May 2019 11:25

Mason Greenwood became Manchester United's youngest starter in the Premier League when making his full debut on the final day of the season against Cardiff City.

However, the prolific youth-team striker had already set a new record during 2018/19 that had previously been held by a former member of the club's Academy - Jesse Lingard.

When the 17-year-old came off the bench at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League win in March, he was wearing the largest shirt number in our history.

Mason Greenwood was allocated the no.54 shirt at the club.

By wearing no.54, the centre-forward beat Lingard's 53 that the midfielder was handed during the 2011/12 campaign during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign, when he was on the bench for a League Cup tie against Crystal Palace and an away defeat in the Premier League against Newcastle United.

That season was the first time United's shirt numbers had extended into the fifties - the first man to wear one in the forties was Lee Roche back in 1999/2000, when he was given the no.40.

As Sir Alex promoted several of his youth products, Sam Johnstone (50), Zeki Fryers (51) and Larnell Cole (52) were all given squad positions, along with Lingard.

This term, keeper Matej Kovar has been allocated no.51 but Greenwood can currently claim to have the biggest shirt number in our history - it will be interesting to see if that changes when the new squad is announced for 2019/20.

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