Mason Greenwood’s belief in Ed Woodward may have prevented Man Utd from signing Erling Haaland.
Mason Greenwood has high hopes from Manchester United’s departing CEO.
The opinion of Mason Greenwood held by departing Manchester United Chief Executive Officer Ed Woodward may have stymied Erling Haaland’s arrival in January 2020.
When he was at RB Salzburg, United competed against Borussia Dortmund for Haaland, but he dropped out before moving to Germany.
The Red Devils announced on Thursday that Woodward would resign as CEO and Vice-Executive Chairman on February 1.
After nine years of scrutiny, current Managing Group Director Richard Arnold will take over as CEO.
Since 2013, United’s recruitment has been largely unsuccessful under Woodward, who has been chastised for his lack of football knowledge when making decisions.
When it comes to Greenwood and the potential he possesses, he reportedly shares the same opinion as many supporters.
According to The Times, Woodward believes the 20-year-old is a fantastic young striker who can lead the club into the future.
Greenwood is the most naturally gifted player at Old Trafford, and he has frequently expressed his admiration for him to staff.
Woodward believes that two more years of senior experience and maturation will help the number 11 cement his place in the club and for the country.
And it’s possible that his high expectations were a factor in United’s decision to drop Haaland before his Salzburg departure.
Before joining Dortmund, the Norway international played for RB Salzburg, where he scored 25 goals and added five assists in 23 games.
And United were thought to be put off by Mino Raiola’s demands and the possibility of a buy-out clause in Haaland’s contract at the time.
Greenwood was one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main transfer targets when he took over as manager, and it was the club legend who oversaw his progression into the first team.
Woodward, on the other hand, might have been concerned about how another long-term striker, such as Haaland, would have stifled his development.
United, on the other hand, has signed two veteran strikers in Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo since Greenwood’s promotion to the senior squad.
While Woodward believes Greenwood has a bright future, he believes the youngster isn’t quite ready yet, which is why he approved trades for other forwards.
The presence of Ronaldo and Cavani has undoubtedly influenced his game time at Old Trafford, with the majority of his minutes coming on the right flank in the last 12 months.
However, both Cavani and Ronaldo are unlikely to return to the club in the next two years, which could be Greenwood’s opportunity.
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