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Opinion: Mason Greenwood to shine under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Manchester United continued their pre-season campaign yesterday afternoon, beating rivals Leeds United 4-0 in Perth, Australia.

Mason Greenwood played an excellent game for Manchester United, netting the first goal in a 4-0 win over Leeds United at the Opus Stadium in Perth last Wednesday.

The youngster scored his first senior goal for the club, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka made his first assist as a Manchester United player.

Rashford, Jones, and Martial from the spot completed the victory as the Red Devils finally showed improvement in their performance before the start of the 2019-20 season.

Greenwood is undoubtedly United’s star of the pre-season campaign so fear. We already talked about the 17-year old a few months ago when he made his senior debut in the Champions League 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain becoming the youngest player to represent the club in the Champions League era.

The teenager netted 15 goals and provided five assists in 13 appearances in the U18 Premier League last season and also scored five times in five games in the UEFA Youth League.

He is United’s greatest talent at the moment, and we are expecting to see him get more minutes during the 2019-20 campaign.

Greenwood, who is often compared to Dutch legendary striker Robin van Persie can play all over the offensive line. Similarly to Robin, his left foot is his strongest one, while his off-ball movements are very intelligent, quick and unexpected.

United desperately need a right-winger more than 10 years now and we believe Mason Greenwood could be the key to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s problems on the right side.

Of course, we don’t expect to see the youngster make an immediate impact, but if Solskjaer uses him smartly and help him get experience, the 17-year old can develop into a real star in the next two or three years.

Let’s face it, United are not going to win the Premier League in the upcoming season anyway, so why not work with the young talents and help them become world-class players in the coming years.

The manager was full of prise for Mason Greenwood after the game yesterday, saying the youngster has a really good chance to make it as a Manchester United player.

“You see a talented boy there and he’s got every opportunity to make it as a Man United player,” Solskjaer said via Telegraph. “Of course it’s also going to be about luck, staying clear of injuries, being professional and I’m sure he’s going to grab his chance because everything is there for him.

“It’s important for strikers to get that goal, even though we’ve always said and know he’s capable of scoring goals. But that first goal is going to be a weight off his shoulders. His movement, cleverness, he’s going to be a very good player.

“He can play all the front three positions, front four really – 10, 7, 11, 9 – he’s a natural footballer.

“He’s natural and two-footed. You know when he takes a penalty with his left, with his right, free-kicks left, free-kicks right, he is almost what you call 50-50. Maybe 51-49 left-footed.”

Ole himself was a really great striker back at the days and if Greenwood listens to him carefully and learns as much as he can, we truly believe the current Manchester United manager can help the youngster to become the next big star of the club.

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