Teen sensation is among a select band of players to hit goals in consecutive league games for the Red Devils and his talent is hard to play down.
On a night when Manchester United made Premier League history, another moment of magic from 18-year-old Mason Greenwood inspired them to victory.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sat relatively silently on the sidelines at Villa Park as he watched his side extend their unbeaten run to 17 in all competitions and become the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive games by a three-goal or higher margin.
United cruised to this 3-0 victory over Aston Villa and it was Greenwood again providing the standout moment.
Solskjaer has been keen to downplay any links between Greenwood and great players of United’s past but it’s now hard to ignore the comparisons between the teenager and the club’s all time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney.
‘Remember the name!’, commentator Clive Tyldsely roared when Rooney burst onto the scene for Everton in October 2002 when he was hailed as the coming force in English football.
Greenwood had just turned one and will have had no idea of Rooney’s heroics that day against Arsenal. But now, 18 years later, he has taken on the mantle of the most exciting young talent to push through in a generation.
His work off the ball has been praised as much as his goal scoring and it was another confident performance from the attacker, who has nailed down his position in the starting XI. But for all the praise of his work rate and pace it is his goals which are setting him apart from the rest.
Spare a thought for any defender trying to deal with him. A coach might demand that a centre-back shows an attacker onto his weaker foot but Greenwood doesn’t have one.
Some wonderful work from Martial in the build up to United’s second goal, after winning the ball back off Tyrone Mings, preceded a sublime finish from Greenwood. From outside the box – and with his supposedly weaker right foot – he beat Pepe Reina with a rocket of a strike.
That brought his total to 16 in all competitions and nine in the league; the last teenager to score that many in a single league campaign was a certain former United No.10 in Rooney.