Mason Greenwood.

Where will Greenwood's best position be?

Wednesday 23 September 2020 08:15

Mason Greenwood can become a top-drawer no.9 in years to come, according to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and former Red Darren Fletcher.

Following his 17 goals in the 2019/20 campaign, his international debut for England and swapping his shirt number to the iconic no.11, expectations are high for Mason this season.

The teenager certainly did not disappoint at Luton Town, coming off the bench late on to set up Marcus Rashford's goal and add the third himself in a 3-0 Carabao Cup victory at Kenilworth Road.

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"He had a fantastic season last season," acknowledged Solskjaer. “And to get his goal now was important for him. And Marcus. It always is with strikers, to get that confidence and feeling of scoring, to get that hunger again. So I'm very happy with that, he just needs to work to get his fitness and sharpness back as well, as the rest of us.

“He can play through the middle as well. I think, as a young boy, not physically grown yet, it is nice to be facing forward rather than being the no.9, the foil; being the battering ram if you like.

“So I think he’ll end up as a no. 9 in the end, probably. But he’s so good with his right and left, so he can come in off his right and left, or through the middle. I scored most of my goals from just outside the post as well, I wasn’t like in the middle,” Ole added.

The manager also had some clear advice on where the forward can improve his game further.

“For him to be a no.9 though, he needs to learn how to head the ball," reiterated Ole. “I keep telling him that and, if he wants to do that, he’s welcome to come and practice with me.” 

The youngster was off target with a far-post header, from Tim Fosu-Mensah's cross, against Crystal Palace and has also accepted it is an area he is looking to develop on the training pitch.

Fletcher, a former colleague of Solskjaer, is in no doubt about Greenwood's obvious potential.

"I think he’s a starter in United’s best team," explained the Scot to Sky Sports. “Mason plays off the right-hand side, Anthony Martial in the middle and Marcus Rashford on the left, with Bruno [Fernandes] at no.10. That’s the best attack and the one that put people on the edge of their seats after lockdown and produced United’s best form.

“I’m sure Mason’s evolution is to be a no.9. He’s got world-class potential. The fact he can go both ways – not many strikers can go naturally onto their left foot and naturally onto their right foot and finish it. He’s a defender’s nightmare.”

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