Greenwood vs Haaland

Do we really need Haaland when we have Greenwood ?


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Handré1990

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Prefer Greenwood. Haaland looks like he may be a long lost son of Boris Johnson.
I’d understand this answer if one of the questions posed were «who’d you rather sleep with». So weird. Haaland is currently so far ahead it’s not even worth asking.
 

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You can't even compare them.

Greenwood is a 19 years old kid
Haaland is a 25 years old whose id says otherwise.

Their playstyle is pretty different.

Haaland is already a superstar, Mason is in the making.
Maybe in 10 years Mason will be at his prime, and Haaland wasted like Rooney.

It's too hard to predict.

So yeah, if it is for this moment, go for Haaland, as he is already in the top 5 best CF. Mason might be for the future anyway.
 

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You cannot compare two very different playing styles with each other and clearly two different trajectories. Haaland is hands down in better form now, and his career to date has evolved exponentially in 18 months. Greenwood somewhat plateaued last season, but has bags of potential and could quite easily be a 30 plus goals a year striker, should he focus on his god given talent.

Imagine if Haaland was around at the same time as Ronaldo, we would be writing off Ronaldo at 20. I remember back in them days many fans being frustrated with him, the rest is now history though I don't think Greenwood would ever reach Ronaldo's level. Also, look at Salah, written off at Chelsea and only reached his potential in his mid 20s and banging in 20 plus a season in the league. Kane became a goal machine early 20s, would you write him off?

Who cares if Haaland has scored more goals in the German league where only 2 or 3 teamsbare really any good, could he do it on a Tuesday night in Stoke?

Jokes aside, i back Greenwood to become class, quote me in 4 years if you need too.
 

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for all Greenwoods promise as a striker he has impressed me more playing out wide so far

I'm not convinced striker is his best position yet..

I would definitely want both at the club, no question
Some players take more time to mature into their roles. If I remember correctly RVP also started his career as a wide forward then slowly transitioning to a CF in his mid 20's before become the goal machine we all know and love.

Who knows, maybe Mason can repeat his story arc.

Edit: It's a shame it's not 1999 anymore and 4-4-2 isn't the go to formation. Imagine Greenwood playing off Haaland's shoulder. :drool:
 

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We won't get Haaland, but no question who is better. Haaland is a monster and Greenwood has a lot to prove, but can be a Van Persie regen still IMO. But that's definitely a slower development. I'm not sure if he'll be ready to be a starting CF for a while yet.
 
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No nobody turns down a proven Champions League scorer like Haaland. It's moot anyway, Haaland will never play for United.

Greenwood could have a great career or he might end up having a solid premier league career at another club
 

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Greenwood's knack for shooting probably means he will be best suited to a CF in the long run but he needs to learn more about general positioning, creating space, dragging defenders and anticipating where the ball is going to be to become more of a poacher. I think Cavani showed exactly how its done and will be a great player for greenwood to learn from.

But yeah its Haaland all day. All the attributes to be a world class striker and you'd nearly sign him just to stop him going to City or Chelsea.
Or in other words, out of 5 things I would look for a CF, he is only good in one of those. Maybe in future he could developed more, but right now he is lacking abit for such role.
 

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Think Greenwood will end up out wide rather than through the middle personally. Only way he plays up top is if we are extremely fluid with an interchanging front 3, this goes even further if we do switch to a 433 which requires a more physically dominant striker as compared to a 4231 which has the AM closer to stop that isolation.
 

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Haaland has proven he's a world beater. Any team that has t funds would would be absolutely mad not to try and get Haaland. Money plus players next summer.
 

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I am not sure about Haaland, but Greenwood is very weak at heading the ball. Unless he spectacularly improves, he will never be United's CF. He needs to do a Rooney, who in one off-season trained his heading so much that he started scoring most of his goals using his head at the start of that season. Or am I imagining this?
 

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Lets not be delusional, Haaland is a far superior talent to greenwood until proven otherwise. Greenwood needs to show us this season if thats true or not.
 

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Do we really need Haaland when we have Greenwood ?

If Haaland signs, that definitely will hinder Mason's development . No, I don't agree that he can play on right. He will need games as a striker and not as a winger.

Haaland is 21 and Mason is 20.

Haaland scored 13 goals in Bundesliga at the age of 19 while Mason scored 7 in EPL at the age of 19.

Haaland doubled his tally to 27 Bundesliga goals at the age of 20. Let's see how will Mason fare this season.

Just to put things into context, Kane scored 21 epl goals at the age of 21.

So if Greenwood is a superstar in making, he need games as CF and that won't happen with Haaland signing.

What do you think ?

Mods - can you add a poll ? @Damien
Peak Greenwood (If expectations are met) is Robin Van Persie.
Peak Haaland (If expectations are met) is Lewandowski.
 

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Hot take : I see Greenwood's future as a RF, not as a CF.

Kinda like Salah. Dont think he is a proper #9. Havent seen anything in his game that suggests he is. Right now on current ability, he is a very good RW, and an average CF.
 

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I love Mase, but if it's possible to sign Haaland, it would be insane to waste that chance. He is a freak of nature. I don't think it matters, either way. The chances of Haaland signing for us are not that good. I'm also not convinced that Greenwood will make the move to be our #9. I think he will continue to play as a RWF.
 

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Obviously Haaland is better, don't think anyone disputes that if we can sign him, we should. However if we can't, Greenwood is the reason we shouldn't just panic-buy someone else.
 

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I'm a huge fan of Greenwood, and think he has great potential. But the problem with potential is that it doesn't always carry through - he could be an elite striker in 5 years time, he could also be sitting on the bench for West Ham. Haaland is already elite - if we can get him, we should try.
 

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If Greenwood played CF every game would he score 25 goals playing for Bayern or Dortmund in the coming season?

I don't think it would be a stretch to say YES tbh
You can't make an accurate comparison here, but I guarantee you that if Mason played in the Bundesliga he'd easily have 30+ goals/season too.
To be fair, the detail that enthralls people the most, as far as the raw numbers are concerned, isn't just that Håland scored over 25 goals in the Bundesliga last season at rate of a goal every 89 minutes (a noteworthy accomplishment that is being diminished all too easily); but that he scored 20 total goals in the Champions League over the course of 14 matches (for context, Lewandowski scored 15 goals in 10 matches in his best ever season in 2019—20) before reaching his 21st birthday. No young striker, even the great prodigies of yesteryear, had done what he managed to do in the the most celebrated club tournament on a statistical level — ever, and not just in a specific era — that rewriting of history books in logic-defying manner is what makes him a bit extraordinary.

Now, he might be an early bloomer in the midst of a prolonged purple patch that isn't truly indicative of his median production level over the course of a career...and will likely never boast the underappreciated all-round brilliance of Benzema, Eto'o or Villa as a center-forward even when he reaches his prospective prime, but when you combine Håland's anomalous physical tools (most prominently a devastating turn of pace in an Ibrahimović-esque frame) with his already masterful movement, unnatural mentality and the brunt of quantitative evidence thus far, you are looking at someone who is tantalizingly close to establishing himself as the benchmark of Champions League goal-plundering in the post-Cristiano/Messi/Lewandowski period.

That is why so many major clubs have expressed an interest in acquiring him, even at the risk of dealing with a crafty hard-liner like Mino Raiola. Some players simply possess an extra dimension in the big stage from the beginning, and shouldn't be scaled by just league performance as that's an inadequate barometer; Mbappé was/is a prime example in several competitions, Håland looks like another in domestic and continental football, Pedri put forth a good case over recent months; whether Greenwood reaches that rarest of rare grades in the future (particularly in the Champions League for United) remains to be seen, and as such, requires a leap of faith — and that is aside from the fact that many envision him as a prolific wide forward over the long term, rather than a line-leading marksman.