Mason Greenwood rescued a point for Manchester United earlier in the week and his reputation continues to grow as a result of his good form since the season resumed.
Greenwood’s goals and high level of performances over the last few weeks have led to plenty of ex-players, pundits and fans debating just how good Greenwood might go on to be.
We used the comprehensive football database within hugely popular football management simulation game Football Manager 2020 to find out.
Mason Greenwood’s potential revealed by FM2020
The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on-the-ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.
In addition, each annual iteration of Football Manager has built-in algorithms which check for outliers and data discrepancies. Data accuracy is further ensured by input from contributors who are active within the professional game (players, agents etc.) who provide regular feedback.
In addition to the information on players, clubs and backroom staff, the Football Manager database also contains a wealth of information on many other aspects of the professional game, including data on competitions, cups, team and individual awards, weather, finances, officials and more.
Let’s take a look at Mason Greenwood’s profile on Football Manager 2020 in more detail, when you start a brand new game on FM 2020, this is how Greenwood’s player profile looks.
Some of the United’s youngster’s attributes, including finishing (16), first touch (14), technique (14), flair (17), determination (16) and acceleration (16) make him an extremely promising prospect in-game.
At the start of a new game, Greenwood as a Current Ability rating of 125 out of 200. This is a figure which calculates a player’s overall ability based on their current attributes. To put this into context, Greenwood’s 125/200 CA puts him at behind players like Brandon Williams, Andreas Pereira and Daniel James in June 2019 within the game.
As we’re now in July 2020, it’s clear that Greenwood’s profile will have updated and his attributes would have improved significantly, which should lead to an attribute boost in the next edition of the game.
Greenwood’s potential ability rating is set at -9 on Football Manager 2020, this means the youngster could reach a Current Ability of 180 out of 200. To put that figure into context, this means that his ability could far exceed United players like Paul Pogba (171), Anthony Martial (150), Bruno Fernandes (159) and Marcus Rashford (153).
In fact, if Greenwood reaches his potential, Football Manager 2020 predicts that he could become as good as Antoine Griezmann (180), Luis Suarez (180) and Sergio Aguero (178), far exceeding the ability of other superstars like Raheem Sterling, Sadio Mane, Karim Benzema and Mohamed Salah.
It’s clear that Greenwood is a hugely exciting prospect for Manchester United, who is already delivering on his potential with outstanding goals and performances. Football Manager 2020 rates Greenwood extremely highly, and is predicted to become a world superstar by the simulator, if he fulfils his potential.