Manchester United might have just signed the perfect mentor for Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood has untapped potential and he could benefit from the arrival of one of Man Utd's summer signings. "Prepare for fire...

Mason Greenwood has untapped potential and he could benefit from the arrival of one of Man Utd's summer signings.

"Prepare for fireworks."

That was the message plastered across Manchester United's social media channels when they announced the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer of 2016.

As much of a character off the field as he is on it, the Swede's arrival was considered a marquee signing despite moving to Old Trafford aged 34 after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

He transferred to the Premier League on the back of scoring 50 goals in 51 appearances for the French champions after extending his record of winning a trophy in every season he played in since 2001 with the likes of Barcelona, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter.

As well giving United a quality option in the final third, a striker with his experience was expected to be a mentor to the club's younger talent as Jose Mourinho noted during the announcement of his signing.

Mourinho said: "He has won the most important league championships in the world of football, now he has the opportunity to play in the best league in the world and I know he will grasp this opportunity and will work hard to help the team win titles. I am certain that his talent will delight fans at Old Trafford next season and that his experience will be invaluable in helping to develop the younger players in the squad."

At the time, there wasn't a more exciting talent emerging at Carrington than Marcus Rashford. The forward had made his United debut five months prior to Ibrahimovic's arrival, scoring a brace against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League.

Rashford became a first-team regular for the remainder of the campaign under Louis van Gaal and remained in the forefront of Mourinho's plans following his appointment as the Dutchman's successor. Over the course of Ibrahimovic's two years in Manchester, Rashford continued his rapid development with the help of the Swede.

The academy graduate waxed lyrical when discussing Ibrahimovic's impact on his game. He said: "You will see the benefits in years to come. What I have learnt from him is irreplaceable. His mentality was beyond anything I’d ever played with before. He didn’t care what anyone would say or what anyone was saying about him. In terms of mentality, he was key to my development."

Fast forward to the present day and United have signed another player on a free after leaving PSG in Edinson Cavani.

United announced the arrival of the Uruguay international on a one-year-deal with the option of an additional 12 months and parallels to his former teammate have already been made.

While Cavani wasn't as prolific in his final season in France, there is no reason he cannot act as a mentor to United's next prospect in Mason Greenwood.

Like Rashford, Greenwood burst on the scene after making his senior debut and cemented his position as a first-team regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, netting 17 goals in all competitions. United rewarded his contribution by handing him the iconic No.11 shirt for the 2020/21 season.

In Cavani, Greenwood has a role model to learn and adapt his game from. Both players are natural finishers and Greenwood is widely expected to move back into a central role despite the majority of his minutes coming from the right wing. One of Cavani's best attributes is his off-the-ball movement and attacking positioning, both of which would benefit Greenwood greatly given his ability on either foot.

Cavani has 341 club goals to his name and 50 in 116 appearances for Uruguay. The forward is a model professional and has been praised for his dedication to his trade. Furthermore, he has won trophies at the highest level and featured in almost every major competition - the knowledge he can pass on to a young forward like Greenwood is invaluable.

Greenwood overshadowed his first call-up to the senior England team by breaching COVID-19 protocol last month and admitted the incident will be a lesson to learn from. He said: "Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake. I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from."

United may have just signed the perfect player to help him realise his immense potential.

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