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Can Greenwood become United’s new Rooney?

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Michael Owen believes Manchester United may be biding their time on a new striker in the hope Mason Greenwood fills the hole left by Wayne Rooney.

Wayne Rooney left Manchester United back in the summer of 2017.

The Derby County coach is the club’s all-time leading goal scorer, after spending 13 years at the Theatre of Dreams.

While the club now has the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on the books there has not been a week in week out front-man like Rooney since he left.

The last 12 months have seen teenage academy prodigy Mason Greenwood arrive on the scene at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has aired on the side of caution and is still giving the youngster a chance to get a taste for the first team.

The question is can he make it to the top?

Former United frontman Michael Owen feels that the Red Devils are lacking a Rooney style player. But thinks the club may choose to not sign a new high profile center forward in the hope that Greenwood could become the new Rooney.

Speaking to  Premier League Productions  he said:

“I still think that Manchester United could do with, I know it’s impossible but if they could find that next Wayne Rooney.”

“That next 19, 20, 21-year-old who was going to be there for the next 10 years.”

“Can it be Mason Greenwood?”

“They’ve almost been getting by with Ibrahimovic, getting by with Ighalo.

” It might be that they use these types of players while he grows with them.”

“It’s all fascinating at the moment at Manchester United, a real, interesting puzzle to solve.”

Those are some big boots to fill for Mason Greenwood. Rooney’s status was not just a United great, he was without a doubt a Premier League legend.