Marcus Rashford dances through the Leeds defence.

Academy products show finishing prowess

Wednesday 17 July 2019 14:55

Academy products Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood proved they are continuing to learn from the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during our 4-0 win over Leeds United in Perth.

The boss has spoken about how Rashford, in particular, can improve on his goal tally by working on his finishing, and he has already scored two in two 45-minute outings on Tour 2019.

The 21-year-old, starting through the middle in a speedy front three also containing Greenwood and Daniel James, smacked an effort against Kiko Casilla’s right-hand post in the opening exchanges of the game.

But he was cool and clinical on 27 minutes, when he sashayed beyond the final Leeds defenders before slotting past the former Real Madrid goalkeeper.

Mason Greenwood enjoys the moment after scoring his first senior goal.

Greenwood, who started the match after coming on as a substitute against Perth Glory, netted his first senior goal for the Reds to put us into an early lead.

The teenager prodded home from new signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross and proved a menace throughout the opening 45 minutes before also being removed at half-time. Ole spoke this week about how Mason is certain to deliver in front of goal when afforded the opportunity, and hopefully this was the first of many in the red shirt for the teenager.

Rashford could have had a hat-trick during his 45 minutes on the field, Casilla doing well to palm away another effort on target, after his goal, and he is looking strong and confident.

The England international revealed recently that Ole had told him to be more ‘instinctive’ in front of goal.

"A lot of the things he's speaking about is instinctive. So it's not necessary that you work on it, it's just recognising certain pictures,” he said.

"If someone else is shooting, it's instinct to follow in. You don't practise that out on the [training] pitch but I think you get a lot of that from speaking to him."

Mason Greenwood's goal came after some fine approach work by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

There were certainly plenty of encouraging signs from the two young forwards in the first half and the fact Anthony Martial also got off the mark, from the penalty spot after the break, suggests the Reds' front men are looking clinical in front of goal.

What is for sure is the man in charge knows all about sticking the ball into the back of the net and that will only continue to bode well for those aiming to finish off our attacking moves.

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