Mason Greenwood strikes against Watford

Ole: Greenwood will be the complete no.9

Monday 24 February 2020 11:00

Mason Greenwood can grow into one of Manchester United’s most complete hitmen.

That was the opinion of Reds' boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, after the teenager scored his 11th goal of the season in United’s 3-0 Premier League win against Watford at Old Trafford.

Greenwood's 75th-minute piledriver was his fifth league strike of the campaign, and no United player has reached that landmark at a younger age.

“He’s the best finisher we have and he’s one of the best I’ve seen,” Ole enthused in his post-match press conference. 

“Right foot, left foot, it doesn’t matter. He’s just so sharp in and around the goal. He’ll never lose that goalscoring knack.”

Solskjaer's post-match press conference Video

Solskjaer's post-match press conference

The manager praised Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes in his media briefing after the win over Watford...

The 18-year-old made a handful of appearances towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign, but has really made his breakthrough in the first team this season, playing 33 times.

Mason did come off shortly after scoring, apparently with cramp, and Ole believes it's worth reminding people that the youngster is still growing into his body.

“The whole season he’s had says a lot for him. He’s just going to get better and better,” Solskjaer added.

“He’s only 18, we’ve got to remember that. He’s still not fully grown in his body, he’s not like Wayne Rooney at 18. He still has a young body and in a few years' time he’ll be more or less the complete No.9.

“He’ll still fill out more but it will take a couple of years. Give him time because it’ll be natural. He’s 18 now and he’ll still fill out more: his upper body, his legs.

“He’s now starting to get a man’s body but it will take a couple of years because you can’t do that too early.”

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