Mason Greenwood.

Greenwood reveals the Reds' mantra

Thursday 09 July 2020 13:24

Mason Greenwood says the Manchester United players have a simple instruction they are following as we approach the crucial run-in to the season.

The 18-year-old striker appreciates confidence within the camp is high due to a 16-game unbeaten run but there is no time for complacency.

Aston Villa will be fighting for survival following Watford's win against Norwich City and the Villa Park clash is the latest hurdle the in-form Reds need to clear.

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With a blank weekend to follow, United then face Southampton and Crystal Palace in the league before meeting Chelsea on the Sunday in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final as the last of three games in the space of only six days.

After the final home league game against West Ham United on 22 July, the last day is a visit to a Leicester City side currently in the coveted fourth-placed spot.

For Mason, each of the fixtures is of vital importance, and the same can be said of the Europa League next month.

"Every game is huge and like a final to us," he told us in an interview to be shown in full as part of MUTV's pre-match build-up tonight (Thursday). "It’s what we’re saying, every one is like a final and, at the end of the day, we’ll play it like a final. We want to get into the finals in the cup and get into the top four in the league as well.

“Every game is a big game because I'm sure they’re fighting for something and we’re fighting for something so it’ll be a tough game when we play Villa.

“Everyone is confident. Even the lads coming on are slotting in and everyone is doing a job in the team, the whole squad. So confidence is high. In training, there are smiles and everyone is enjoying themselves. It’s a good base to work from and a good place."

Presenting… our top-scoring trio’s season so far! Video

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The teenager has done superbly this term, scoring twice last time out against Bournemouth to take his tally to 15 in all competitions. But he admits he is still learning from his team-mates, including fellow forwards Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Odion Ighalo.

"It’s amazing to have those kinds of players around you," he said. "You can see what they’re doing in training and you’re trying to replicate it or you just look at them on the sideline and you’re watching what they’re doing and you can add that to your game as well.

“Everyone’s learning off each other really, there’s no negative vibes. Everyone’s looking around, watching each other and rubbing off on each other. We’re playing better from it, so it’s good to see.

“Obviously on the weekend, all three of us [strikers] scored and it’s nice to see. It’s not a competition or anything, we want to get the game won and we’ll celebrate with whoever scores. That’s the main thing, just to get the ball in the back of the net really, but it’s obviously nice to see my partners score.

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