Who did it best: Berbatov, Greenwood or van Persie?

Wednesday 08 December 2021 20:45

Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood displayed his unerring finishing ability on Wednesday night by breaking the deadlock with an acrobatic volley against Young Boys.

The teenage sensation moved into space inside the penalty area and met Luke Shaw’s perfect cross with an improvised strike that sent the ball fizzing into the bottom corner of Guillaume Faivre’s goal.

You can watch the goal below via BT Sport’s official Twitter account…



Greenwood has often been compared to former United striker Robin van Persie during his fledgling career so far. That is both in terms of his finishing ability and even the way he moves around the pitch. 

As soon as Mason found the back of the net on Wednesday, fans on social media began to compare his strike with an extremely similar effort by RvP against Bayer Leverkusen in 2013/14. 

You can watch the flying Dutchman’s own acrobatic effort below…
See how van Persies improvised against Bayer Leverkusen in 2013.
There was another United favourite who came to our minds when Mason wheeled away to celebrate his goal against Young Boys. 

In the 2009/10 season, in October, Dimitar Berbatov executed a very similar finish when meeting a Darren Fletcher cross to score in front of the Stretford End.

If you can’t remember the Bulgarian’s effort, watch it in the video below…
Watch Berbatov's stunning finish against Sunderland in 2009.

Just for fun, and to celebrate three excellent goals, we are pitting the Berbatov, Greenwood and van Persie goals against each other in a battle of the acrobatic volleys. Let us know your favourite by voting in the poll below…
Whose acrobatic finish is the best?poll

Whose acrobatic finish is the best?

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