The January transfer window has barely slammed shut and already we’re being treated to thousands of column inches worth of speculation surrounding Manchester United’s potential summer business.
In truth it’s easy to see why there’s such a clamour for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to add some stellar names to the Red Devils roster – drawing with Sam Allardyce’s West Brom will do that.
Defensive additions are the hot topic of conversation, with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire’s partnership not progressing as many had hoped.
However, with the club’s pursuit of David Alaba, Sergio Ramos, Pau Torres and Franco Baresi on the backburner, rubber stamping a deal which secures the future of one of their brightest stars is as close to quality business as they can get right now.
United have confirmed that Mason Greenwood has penned a new four-year contract which will see him remain at Old Trafford until 2025.
The forward has endured a tricky 2020/21 campaign, notching just one goal in his 18 Premier League outings and subsequently slipping down the pecking order.
Greenwood has undoubtedly been a victim of his own success, with expectations heightened following his unbelievable form after Project Restart last season as his goals helped secure the return of Champions League football to United.
Such was the movement and the intelligence shown by Greenwood at the back end of last season, it’s easy to forget that he’s still just 19 years of age, and dips in form and confidence are to be expected from someone whose career is still in its infancy.
While he may not be the fixture in the team that he was six or seven months ago, Solskjaer clearly recognises the need to show faith in the young forward – though you would expect that from a former striker himself – and despite Greenwood’s barren spell, the 19-year-old has still clocked up 12 starts in the league this season.
The United boss knows better than anyone the need to persist and keep plugging away as a forward, and the club’s decision to secure Greenwood’s future at the club may just be the confidence boost the youngster needs to help him rediscover his form of last season.
Say what you want of United’s transfer business over the past couple of years, but their decision to offer Greenwood a new deal not only makes perfect business sense given his undoubted talent, the timing of the move is very savvy.