Comparing Mason Greenwood’s debut season at Man Utd to Wayne Rooney’s
Greenwood progressed through the youth ranks at Old Trafford while United spent £27million to sign Rooney from Everton in 2004.
Rooney, who opened his spell at the club with a hat-trick, would go on to score a record-setting 253 goals across his 13 years in Manchester.
We’ve compared the 18-year-old’s stats in all competitions in 2019-20 to Rooney’s stats during his first season at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney 2004-05
Sub appearances: 6
Minutes per goal: 199.5
Minutes per goal or assist: 147.5
On this day in 2004…
An 18-year old Wayne Rooney made an instant impact with a hat-trick on his Man Utd debut 💥
He would go on to become the club's all-time record goalscorer ⚽️pic.twitter.com/imWB1STEr9
— Football on BT Sport #Club2020 (@btsportfootball) September 28, 2018
Mason Greenwood 2019-20
Sub appearances: 23
Minutes per goal: 141.8
Minutes per goal or assist: 120.6
As the stats show, Rooney played a much more prominent role in his debut season at United while Greenwood was eased into the first team by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The forwards both scored 17 goals in all competitions in their debut seasons, but Greenwood can still add to that tally in the Europa League.
Greenwood is also providing a direct goal contribution for United on a more regular basis than Rooney achieved in 2004-05.