Watford stopper Ben Foster has revealed why Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood is such a threat in front of goal and what it is the Englishman does that really ‘pisses a goalkeeper off’.
Foster – who has raised his profile of late after setting up his own Youtube channel – spent five years with United from 2005 to 2010, with the former England international playing a key role in helping his side lift the League Cup in 2009.
The 37-year-old, who’s also played for the likes of Stoke City, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion in his lengthy career, holds the record for the most saves in Premier League history and is currently attempting to help Watford achieve an instant return to the top-flight.
This weekend’s FA Cup third round ties saw the Hornets face a trip to Old Trafford to take on the veteran keeper’s former club, with Foster singling out United’s Greenwood as the man to watch out for in attack.
The 19-year-old burst onto the scene in the Europa League last season and went on to net 17 goals in all competitions in his first full season in the first-team, with his remarkable finishing ability arguably the best at the club.
The teenager’s way of gliding past defenders and shifting the ball onto either foot has already caught the eye, with Foster revealing that Greenwood’s lack of backlift when shooting makes it incredibly difficult for a ‘keeper to make a save.
“United have some really talented forwards in today’s team, and the one that stands out is Mason Greenwood,” Foster revealed to the Premier League’s Unscripted series.
“A massive thing for a striker, which p***** a goalkeeper off more than anything, is where they shoot without you even thinking they’re about to kick it.
“They’re running with it and suddenly, with no backlift, BANG, like Jermaine Defoe… They pull it out of nowhere and catch the keeper by surprise.
“Greenwood has got that, but with both feet as well, which is special. He cannot only kick it really well and really hard with both feet, but he’s so accurate, too.
“For a young lad to be able to do that at that age is very, very promising.
The game itself saw United progress thanks to an early headed goal from captain on the day Scott McTominay.