Jadon Sancho Manchester United transfer will be Mason Greenwood's biggest challenge
Jadon Sancho's transfer to Man United will present a challenge for Mason Greenwood to overcome.
We learn more about people through adversity than success and footballers are no exception to that rule.
It's quite hard to believe that Mason Greenwood is still only 19-years-old after enjoying two seasons playing for Manchester United's first team, but no mistake, he certainly earned the opportunity to regularly prove himself against professionals much his senior.
Greenwood built a reputation as one of the academy's finest and most prolific finishers when emerging through United's youth ranks, and his rise was rather meteoric, which explains how he was able to flawlessly transition to the Reds' first-team.
When scoring in the Europa League in September 2019, he provided the only goal of the game versus Astana at Old Trafford to become the club's youngest ever goalscorer in European competition - Marcus Rashford had previously held that record.
The youngster excelled in front of goal in his debut 2019/20 season, but for whatever reason, goals were hard to come by at the start of the last campaign, although he rediscovered his form to end the term strongly, scoring six goals in six Premier League games.
It's fair to say that small goal drought - which is normal for any centre-forward, especially a striker of his age - was the most challenging stretch of Greenwood's career thus far and he responded well, which should give encouragement for his next chapter.
The Jadon Sancho transfer saga is finally reaching its conclusion this summer, Borussia Dortmund have sanctioned a £72m exit for the 21-year-old and it's only a matter of time before United make the official announcement and he's paraded in the famous red colours.
While that's excellent news as far as the club is concerned, Sancho's arrival will present an individual challenge to Greenwood, who has been predominantly playing on the right flank for United, albeit his long-term future lies leading the club's attack.
It seems inevitable Sancho will play in that role when he signs on the dotted line, which seemingly leaves Greenwood behind the natural winger and centre-forward Edinson Cavani in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pecking order, so what's his next move?
United supporters don't need a reminder of Greenwood's talent, his natural finishing ability is nothing short of elite and being ambidextrous ensures he's a nightmare for defenders to deal with - his unpredictability when in the box is one of his greatest assets.
The answer to Greenwood's conundrum lies on the training ground. If he can demonstrate why he should start over the ageing Cavani, who he'll continue to absorb information and advice from, he'll soon return to United's starting XI and in his preferred striker position.
You'd need to brave to bet against Greenwood overcoming that challenge.
He's shown the potential to become United's centre-froward for years to come.