What has Mason improved in his game?

Saturday 20 March 2021 14:00

Mason Greenwood feels his general play has improved hugely over the last year and he's enjoying every opportunity he gets to further enhance his game whenever he pulls on the red shirt.

The 19-year-old bagged a very impressive 17 goals last term as he played a big part in helping the Reds secure Champions League football.

While his goals tally this season remains in single fingures, he continues to play an important role for the team and has recently been deployed in a no.9 role with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani all missing little spells through injury.

Greenwood remains as hungry as ever for goals, but he revealed that the work he's been doing on the rest of his game has given him plenty of satisfaction and he's keen to continue progressing in all areas.

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I think it’s about keeping the right mentality. As you know, here at the club there’s always been a lot of goalscorers and I think the main focus that they had was just to keep the mentality strong, he explained.

It’s not all about goals, obviously I love scoring goals but my overall play has been improving and I’d probably say I’ve done better this year with my general play, assists and stuff like that, and I think and my defending off the ball and on the ball my overall game is improving and I’m pleased with that.

Obviously I’d like to be scoring more goals and when those two things combine together I’ll be back, he added with a smile.

Stats after last Sunday's Premier League victory over West Ham showed he had covered more distance than in any other league match.

Greenwood revealed he has been studying his personal stats closely, as well as spending time in the gym to build up his strength and also ensuring he recovers well between the relentless run of games.

Yeah we’ve got all the staff at United who look into all that, he explained, when discussing his impressive numbers against the Hammers.

I’ve been speaking to them on a regular basis about how much I run, my accelerations, my decelerations… that’s all the stuff I wanted to improve on at the start of the season. We set out targets and I’m beating those targets now so it’s all good.

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I work in the gym a lot and that’s all the stuff you want to do to be a complete footballer, he continued. It’s all good, it all benefits my game so I’m very pleased with the output of my work so far.

The number of games is a lot different to when I was in the youth team when you just have a game every Saturday and then a whole week to rest and recover.

Here in the first team you have just two days but we’ve got a good plan here and all the coaching staff know what they’re doing to help us. I know my own body and I get the right recovery so I’m ready for the games every two or three days.

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