GREENING TO FIND PASTURES NEW
By Matt Pomroy
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Greening has made seven league appearances for United this season and has spent a total of 273 minutes on the pitch. In that time he has attempted 190 passes and found a team-mate with 85% of them as well as getting forward to whip in 13 crosses - three of them accurate. When in the opposition's half, his pass completion rate is also 85% which is better than other young starlets Luke Chadwick (73%), Joe Cole (75%) and Kieron Dyer (78%).
This week he won and scored the penalty for the England under-21 side in Albania after a good run into the area. Greening commented: 'This game was good for me in term of being in the shop window, especially with Sven-Goran Eriksson watching.'
In Premiership games, Greening has attempted 21 dribbles and runs and retained the ball on 13 occasions which gives him a 62% success rate. That return is three percentage points better than team-mate Chadwick, who is currently ahead of him in the pecking order as the next young player to break into the side.
But overall, Chadwick has been far more impressive in the games he has played this season and has scored twice, after hitting the target with four of his nine shots Greening has only attempted two efforts, both of which were inaccurate, although he does have an assist to his name.
United are already well served on both wings with Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, and to be fair there are few players in Europe that could displace them. Remarkably, the club seem to have another gem in Chadwick who they bought through their now famous youth team system.
Greening, who was signed from York just over three years ago, might not be able to get into the team at his current club, but there are other Premiership teams that would like to take him on. Everton have already expressed an interest and his stats so far hint at what could come in the future. The Scarborough-born player could well come back to cause a few problems to the side who let him go.