MASON Greenwood has been handed the iconic number 11 shirt at Manchester United, following in the footsteps of a club great.

Wibsey-born Greenwood, 18, is being rewarded for a breakout season for the Premier League giants, which saw him score 17 goals for the club.

He wore the club’s number 26 last season, which earned him a senior England call-up.

Greenwood is in good company, as he follows United’s record appearance maker Ryan Giggs who wore the number throughout his trophy-laden career.

He becomes only the fourth United player to wear the number 11 in the Premier League era – after Giggs, Adnan Januzaj and Anthony Martial.

Meanwhile, Greenwood will battle it out with some of the country’s best young talent for a prestigious prize.

He is joined on the Young Player of the Year list - nominees had to be 21 or under on July 1, 2019 - by Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and club-mate Mason Mount and Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka.

he joined United aged seven, playing at the club's development school in Halifax.

Mason Greenwood has enjoyed a great season with Manchester United

Greenwood made his competitive first-team debut for the club in March 2019 in a 3-1 win against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.

Aged 17 years and 156 days, he became the second youngest player to represent the club in a European competition.

But this has been his breakthrough year, scoring 18 goals in 47 games in all competitions, including nine in the Premier League.

Greenwood signed a long-term deal last October which will seem him stay at Old Trafford until at least the summer of 2023, with the option of a further year.

“Having grown up as a Manchester United fan, playing for the first team is a real dream come true.

"I know that, when I play for this club, I represent the whole academy and I want to repay the faith that my coaches have shown in me with my performances on the pitch,” Greenwood told United’s official website when he signed his deal last year.