Manchester United can begin Mason Greenwood evolution thanks to Jadon Sancho
Greenwood could occupy a new position more often for Man Utd after Sancho's transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
As Euro 2020 takes centre stage and approaches its conclusion, Manchester United are quietly chipping away in the transfer market behind the scenes.
Jadon Sancho has already been captured from Borussia Dortmund, with Raphael Varane and Eduardo Camavinga also tipped for switches to Old Trafford this summer.
The rumoured moves — alongside Sancho's signature — offer some insight into how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to use his players next season, with little speculation surrounding any possible striker addition.
Despite showing some interest in Erling Haaland and Harry Kane, United look set to begin the campaign with Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial as their two main striking options, with Mason Greenwood perhaps set to undergo his next evolution.
The United academy graduate has been primarily deployed on the right of Solskjaer's favoured 4-2-3-1 so far, and he's performed well, largely as a result of his ability to cut inside using his preferred left foot before shooting or feeding a teammate.
With Sancho added to the squad, it is likely that the new boy will assume that right-sided role more often than not, with Greenwood potentially freed up and able to lead the line through the middle at times.
Cavani will offer a valuable rotation option and Martial will contest for a place now that he's returned from injury, but the 2021/22 campaign could witness Greenwood's emergence as a No.9.
He's developed a reputation in England for his finishing, and Solskjaer has hinted at him becoming a top striker for the club once he matures as a player.
"Is he going to be a central striker? If you want to be a no.9, you’re going to get hurt," said the Norwegian. "You’ve got to stick your head in and break your nose. I’m not sure he wants to do that. We’ve got loads of work but if he keep doing what he does, he’s only 19."
A two-footed and clinical finisher, 17 of the 47 shots on target that Greenwood has had in the Premier League since his promotion from the youth ranks have found the back of the net.
That conversion rate bodes well for his role as the player who rounds off United's attacking moves, although Solskjaer will want to ensure that the Englishman is well-rounded enough to cope with such a demanding role, before placing too much responsibility on his shoulders.
Overall, not only will Sancho's transfer help United's attack reach a new level, but it could unlock Greenwood's new position as he looks to become the striker that Solskjaer has been searching for.