Mason Greenwood could be given the responsibility of spearheading Manchester United's attack as a centre-forward this coming season, but only if the youngster matures as a player before the campaign begins.

The arrival of Sancho for £72.9million this month means that Greenwood is highly unlikely to retain his usual position on the right side of United's forward line.

That could work in the player's benefit, however, the 19-year-old's more natural position is considered to be the number nine role.

Greenwood will need to "grow up" in the pre-season to prove he is ready to take on that mantel as the star striker, however, according to ex-Manchester United and Leeds midfielder Johnny Giles.

“It looks that way,” Giles told Off The Ball in response to being asked if Greenwood will be moved into a central position by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

“We didn’t see that much of Sancho in the Euros, but what we did see looked very, very good. He certainly looks like he’s going to be a real signing for them now.

“I think Greenwood could play anywhere across the front line. I think he’s a very talented lad. He’s got to go from being a promising young player into a real player now."

“He’s still quite young, watching him last season he’s very, very talented but looked a bit immature. So he’s got to grow up very quickly during the summer now and really get on, because he won’t get into the team (otherwise)."

Greenwood will have to compete with Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial for the starting spot in that position, and as Giles points out there is already a lot of competition in all of the attacking roles heading into next season.

“Don’t forget you’ve got Jesse Lingard back in the squad again and Daniel James, a player who hasn’t been mentioned a lot or played much, (but) I think is a very good player.

“So I think there’s a lot of good forward play from Manchester United and a lot of competition there, definitely.

“Sancho certainly looks the part. We didn’t see much of him at the Euros, but what I saw of him looked very good. He wants to beat players and that’s not something you see very often.

“The way United play their players, Sancho can do it, Rashford can do it, I think Lingard can do it, who had a very good season as we know, and Daniel James can beat players too.

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“So they should be okay in the forward line, it’s just the midfield (that needs to be sorted). I know I keep going on about it, but they need to sort out the Paul Pogba situation.”

Greenwood thrived as a number nine while in the club's academy, and those at the club expect him to transition to the role in the future, including Solskjaer himself.

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