Gary Neville believes Manchester United should press on with plans to sign a right winger this summer despite the hugely impressive form of teenager Mason Greenwood.
Greenwood has starred during a stunning debut season in the first-team at Old Trafford, scoring 16 goals in all competitions – including four goals in just six appearances since the restart of the Premier League season.
The 18-year-old’s emergence has led some to question the club’s interest in the signing of a new forward player, with Manchester United reportedly having placed Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho high amongst their list of summer transfer targets.
Neville, however, believes competition for places is essential to build a successful side and says Greenwood’s talent and versatility will ensure he plays enough minutes to continue his exciting development.
“He (Greenwood) will play, I think he can play centre-forward, I think he can play left-wing, I think he can play right-wing,” Neville told Sky Sports. “To me, not signing a right-winger thinking he would be out of the team is not the right way to look at it.
Goals this season:
Rashford, Martial & Greenwood = 58
Ronaldo, Dybala & Higuain = 57
Salah, Mane & Firmino = 54
Messi, Suarez & Fati = 53 pic.twitter.com/k9esT688XD
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“Manchester United have always signed great players to challenge other great players in positions. Manchester United had four centre-forwards in 1999.
“Sir Alex Ferguson signed Dwight Yorke having already had Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham at the club. It didn’t stop him signing Dwight Yorke.
“You don’t just say ‘where will he play?’. Great players will challenge each other, they’ll improve, they will find a way to get into the team.
“They won’t feel belittled by it or challenged to the point where they sulk, they will step up to the task and they will go for it.
“I’m sure that’s what Mason Greenwood will do. He’s still young but so exciting it’s untrue. I love watching him.”