Rio Ferdinand is worried that Manchester United teenager Mason Greenwood could be played so much he could suffer burnout like Michael Owen.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer has made it clear he will require a lot more from young Greenwood. This is largely down the fact Marcus Rashford is out for the foreseeable future injured.
Greenwood has been a sensation at United.
Throughout his career with the Red Devils, he has been a prolific goal scorer. Ferdinand sees similarities in the player to one of his former teammates Michael Owen.
The former United Captain has some serious concerns though in the similarities he sees.
Speaking with BT Sport, Ferdinand is full of praise for the Greenwood.
“The kid [Greenwood] is a fantastic goal-scorer.”
“All through the youth levels as a kid, he’s always found it easy scoring goals.”
“He plays off both feet – he’s a fantastic talent.”
However, Ferdinand wants United to take better care of their prodigious talent than Liverpool did of Owen.
“But he needs to be nurtured correctly.”
“You can’t expect him to come in and play every game just because there’s an injury to Marcus.”
“A good yardstick is to look at someone like Michael Owen.”
“He came through as a ‘boy wonder’, huge expectations [on him] and he played far too many games from a young age.”
“I think that was a big factor in him having big injuries later on in his career, slowing him down.”