Manchester United wonderkid has goalscoring statistics to rival Lionel Messi

Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood has enjoyed a spectacular run in the U18 and U23 sides, posting goal involvement numbers to rival those of Lionel Messi.

Greenwood, 17, has already been given a taste of first team football by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, coming on twice in the Premier League and once against Paris St-Germain during United’s historic win at Parc des Princes in the Champions League round of 16.

And while he hasn’t yet opened his account for the senior team, the goal involvement numbers that he has posted for the U18 and U23 teams has been nothing short of phenomenal – and in the league of Lionel Messi.

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Messi has been head and shoulders above all of his rivals –  including Cristiano Ronaldo –  this season, scoring 45 goals and setting up 22 more in just 43 games, translating to roughly 1.56 goal involvements per 90 minutes.

According to a infographic posted by reddit user xisimon, Greenwood has notched up 46 goals and assisted 13 goals in 44 games which yields a goal involvement of 1.34 per 90 minutes – a shade below Messi’s numbers.

Photo Credit: Reddit user xisimon

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already been liberal in his use of youth players since his arrival, giving game time to Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and James Garner.

And with numbers such as these, it isn’t a surprise why.