Who will be United's breakthrough star of 2021/22?

Tuesday 24 August 2021 13:00

Mason Greenwood has begun the 2021/22 season like a man who has a very serious point to make.

The Bradford-born sensation has scored in each of United's first two Premier League games, and now has eight in his last 10 in England's top flight.
Those are seriously impressive numbers, and already some critics and fans are wondering just how far our no.11 can go in the remainder of the campaign.
Such discussions reminded us that we recently asked supporters, ex-players and journalists who they thought would be United's "breakthrough player" of 2021/22, and we thought this an opportune time to revisit their answers, given Greenwood's roaring start.
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Of course, Greenwood has really already broken through and established himself as a United first-teamer, as have some of the other names that cropped up in our survey. 
But could this be the year they reach new heights? For Greenwood, it might be cementing himself as a central striker or beating his previous top goalscoring tally (17). For someone like Dean Henderson, it could be starting more Premier League games than last term.
Anyway, have a read of the views and see what you think of their suggestions...
Denis Irwin, club ambassador
“Mason is going to kick on. He has had a great introduction, last year he found some form in the last couple of months, but I think he could really kick on this season.”
Sam Homewood, MUTV presenter
“Mason Greenwood [right] – you can see how much his physique has developed in the last couple of years and I think he’s ready to make a real claim as a star of the team.”
Danny Webber, former United striker
“There are a lot of talented young lads knocking on the door, though obviously some of them will head out on loan. I like Ethan Laird, Teden Mengi could start to prove his worth, Hannibal could show himself but I’ll back Shola Shoretire to have an impact. I’ve liked everything I’ve seen of him so far and I think he can step up.”
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Mark Froggatt, club journalist
“Jadon Sancho has finally signed and the wonder boy will start most matches, but don’t forget young Amad: he’s brave, confident and oozing talent that could take him a long way.”
Pete Boyle, United supporter
“I’d like to see Anthony Elanga come through a bit more. But I think Dean Henderson – he’s already broken through in many ways, but it’s a big year for him again.”
Alex Hobson, producer/DJ (and MUFC steward!)
“I know he already plays in the first team, but I’m hoping Scott McTominay. He’s got a good head on his shoulders; he knows what it means to play for the club, he’s a leader and I think he’ll get even better under Ole.”