EA Sports have released a statement explaining why Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has such a bizarre appearance on FIFA 21.

FIFA 21 was released on ‘current-gen’ consoles Xbox One and PS4 back in October, with EA Sports then releasing the next-gen enhanced version of the game in December, for the new next-generation consoles like the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5.

EA described the next-gen enhanced version of the game as having ‘stunning player visuals to lightning fast load times, immersive haptic controls to stadiums that come alive before, during and after the game, every match day in FIFA 21 will feel even more real than ever before’, and largely that proved to the case.

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Mirror Football wrote a review on FIFA 21 next-gen when it was released, describing it as ‘the best looking FIFA game ever’, and we stand by that, but there is one player whose appearance looks bizarrely unrealistic, even in the next-gen version.

When the Xbox One/PS4 edition of FIFA 21 was released back in October, fans quickly realised that Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood’s appearance just wasn’t right, with the youngster looking nothing like he does in real-life. So, when the next-gen version of FIFA 21 was released, fans hoped that his face would be updated, but he arguably looked worse than before.

Check out Mason Greenwood’s appearance in FIFA 21 next-gen below, with this screenshot taken on an Xbox Series X. For comparison, we’ve put a screenshot of his teammate Edinson Cavani next to him.

Mason Greenwood (left) and Edinson Cavani (right) on FIFA 21 next gen

As you can see, Greenwood’s appearance is quite bizarre, which has led to a lot of speculation about why his face hasn’t been updated. EA Sports have a comprehensive licensing agreement with the Premier League, giving them permission to use player likenesses for all players in the league, so there’s no issue there.

But now, EA Sports have released a statement explaining Mason Greenwood’s appearance on FIFA 21.

An EA Spokesperson told the Manchester Evening News: “Due to the current global pandemic, unfortunately we haven’t been able to visit the training ground this year due to club restrictions on external party access.

“We were able to capture Brandon Williams’ head scan during a visit to Carrington in February 2020 but Mason was unavailable to attend this session.”

This statement seems to confirm that fans will have to wait until FIFA 22 releases later this year to see Greenwood’s updated face in-game.

*FIFA 21 is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with the next generation version of the game out now on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5.

Fans can enjoy deeper definition in player physiques, including flexing muscles after strikes and strand-based hair on some of the top footballers, combined with dynamic lighting that accentuates footballers’ faces and kits for a whole new level of realism.

Additionally, fans who jump into FIFA 21 can also benefit from Dual Entitlement, enabling them to upgrade their copy of the game from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X/S at no extra cost.*