Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed Mason Greenwood his full United debut in Sunday’s Premier League game against Cardiff.
Mason Greenwood became the youngest player to start a Premier League game for Manchester United with his full debut for the club against Cardiff. The forward, aged 17 years and 223 days, beat the record set by Federico Macheda, whose debut came at the age of 17 years and 253 days.
Greenwood has scored 30 goals across four age groups at United in his breakthrough season at the club, after signing his first professional contract in October. His debut came in United’s Champions League quarter-final second leg victory against Paris Saint-Germain, and Reds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he had been looking forward to handing Greenwood his full debut – which might have come sooner.
“I think so we have been waiting to play Mason,” he told MUTV. “He has been unlucky with a couple of niggly injuries. He has been training with us now for the last three or four months, he has been looking really good. He has done well in the youth team and the reserves as well. Finally he felt good and we started him. I don’t think he will be fazed, he is not that type of player. It is just natural for him, he loves playing football. So just enjoy the occasion, go out and express yourself! I’m sure he’ll do okay.”
United’s youngest Premier League starters:
Mason Greenwood – 17 yrs, 223 days
Federico Macheda – 17 yrs, 253 days
Phil Neville – 18 yrs, 21 days
Timothy Fosu-Mensah – 18 yrs, 99 days
Marcus Rashford – 18 yrs, 127 days
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