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The Reason Why Mason Greenwood Started Working On His Left Foot And Is Now Two-Footed

Alan Bond

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The Reason Why Mason Greenwood Started Working On His Left Foot And Is Now Two-Footed

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The sight of Mason Greenwood striding towards the Stretford End goal to give his side the lead has been in the spotlight this week. And again, the striker's ability and comfort on either foot has sparked conversation.

Plaudits have rung true from ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand, pundit Graeme Souness and his manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer amongst others this. It is a firm belief that the players work during the summer has been a major contributing factor towards Saturday's dynamic display.

But has the 19-year-old been doing to ensure he is as strong on each foot? According to an article in The Telegraph, former teammates Theo Richardson says it goes back to the Academy days. With Greenwood out injured, and possessing the confidence gained from being part of the first-team set up, he began honing in on developing his left. He cites his goal for the Under-23's against Newcastle as an example.

"From a very young age he could play off both feet anyway. He was taking penalties with one foot and free-kicks with the other,” Richardson said. “In the Under-18s he was way too good for that level and people were waiting for his reserve-team debut, then I think he only played one reserve game and he was in the first team. He was well above everyone."

His former teammate also tells a story about a youth team pre-season tour of Hong Kong, in which Greenwood refused to join in the team's celebrations for a late winner against a local club, seemingly showing his high standards - a trait which is matched with Manchester United as a club.

We are sure to see more of the both-footed superstar - who has drawn comparisions to Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie - and his no back-lift technique, over the course of the new season and towards a World Cup for England.

Greenwood celebrates at Old Trafford
Greenwood celebrates at Old Trafford

Topics: Manchester United, Mason Greenwood, England

Alan Bond
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