‘One of the best we’ve ever seen' - Man Utd wonderkid Greenwood compared to Ballon d'Or-winning Owen by Redknapp
At 18, Greenwood notched 19 goals in 49 appearances for United this season.
Owen'sformer team-mate Redknapp says Nicky Butt, United's Head of Youth Development, described Greenwood as "one of the best we've ever seen" - and it seems his star will continue to rise.
“Now we’re seeing why there was such excitement,” Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail. “United are a club who treat young players properly. They pride themselves on it.
“That’s why we can be sure Greenwood is in good hands. They will be in his ear keeping him grounded.
“I remember seeing Michael Owen break through, too. I was on the pitch the day he made his Liverpool debut against Wimbledon and became the club’s youngest scorer at 17 years and 144 days. That was in May 1997 but we’d heard long before that about this boy from the academy who was coming through the ranks.
“That’s what happens at clubs when they have a special talent on their hands: rumours go around. The only question is whether they can handle the step up. Owen did, and Greenwood is doing so, too.”
Redknapp suggested Greenwood’s two-footed finishing may make him an even more difficult prospect for defenders than Owen in his early pomp.
“With Owen, defenders would try to show him on to his left foot because they knew it was his weaker side,” he wrote. “Keep the ball away from his right foot and maybe he won’t score.
“Greenwood doesn’t seem to have a weak side. Left foot, right foot, it doesn’t matter.
“He likes a stepover but he doesn’t use them for the sake of looking flash. He uses them to unbalance defenders and gain half a yard because that’s all he needs to pull the trigger. The power he generates in his shots is a weapon.
“Owen always had a good support system around him, from his family and those at the club. He was a sensible lad — he didn’t let anything distract him from football.
Source : goal.com
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