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Shearer backs Greenwood to break his Premier League scoring record

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The Premier League record scorer is in awe of young Greenwood and backed the Manchester United teenager as a ‘potential superstar’.

Mason Greenwood is the latest wonderkid to emerge at Manchester United and looks set for a promising future. He’s already made 30 appearances in the Premier League, scoring 10 goals in the process.

Although it’s been in the Europa League where the 18-year-old has truly established himself as a star for the future.

The pacey forward scored the winner on his debut against Astana in September. He’s since added another four goals to secure Man United’s spot in the knockout stages.

Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against West Ham, meanwhile, was another significant milestone in Greenwood’s young career as he became the first teenager since Wayne Rooney to score 10 goals in the Premier League.

He’s also joined Rooney, George Best and Bryan Kidd in an exclusive club of teenagers to score 17 goals in a single season for United.

And now Alan Shearer, who scored a record 260 Premier League goals during his career, thinks Greenwood has the potential to break his record one day.

“[He’s] a potential superstar,” the Newcastle legend told BBC.

“I respect the power, left foot, right foot, and the way he gets his shot away early, he doesn’t give the keeper a chance to set himself.

“Whether it’s near-post or far-post. Everything is power, head down and hit it as hard as you can. I was taught at Southampton, by my old youth coach Dave Merrington, to concentrate on that right foot and make it unstoppable.

“Now, he can do it with his left or right foot. He gets it away early and the goalkeepers have no chance.

“I think in 12 or 13 years time, we could be talking about a Premier League record goal scorer. I know there are so many things that can happen in someone’s career, but I think he’s that good.”