Why Greenwood will have to break his nose!

Wednesday 05 May 2021 14:13

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has joked that in-form teenager Mason Greenwood must be prepared to break his nose, if he wants to become a centre-forward at Manchester United.

The prodigious talent from the Academy has fulfilled a number of roles this season, often playing out wide on the right wing when he isn’t leading the line through the middle. After a tricky start to 2020/21, Greenwood is flourishing throughout this second half of the campaign and recently finished second in our Player of the Month poll, behind his fellow striker Edinson Cavani. 

Indeed, with five goals in seven appearances across April, Mason is performing excellently and could play a role in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Roma in Italy. The match at Stadio Olimpico could be his 100th appearance for United’s first team and that milestone should have been achieved at the weekend, in the postponed match against Liverpool. 
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As Solskjaer explained in a press conference today, he had challenged our no.11 to score a winner against the Merseysiders and also explained how he must put his face on the line going forward. “We spoke before the Liverpool game - that was going to be his 100th game and we said, let's score a winner, for example, and that is what he does - he scores goals,” Ole told journalists.  

“He has really added the link up play. He is so clever and he is so clean in his build up play. He is giving assists and his decision making is one thing. Of course, if he is going to be wide right or if he is going to be a centre forward, it is the filling out and getting used to having players in your back, facing the wrong way. Because if you are going to be a number nine then you are going to get hurt. 
“You will have to stick your head in and break your nose once in a while. He's a pretty boy and I'm not sure if he wants to do that [laughs], so that is a challenge for him. So we have got loads of work to do, but just keep going what he does. He is only 19 and he is doing the right things on the training ground so I am very, very happy with him.”

Make sure you revisit ManUtd.com and our Official App on Thursday morning for more of Solskjaer’s thoughts on Greenwood, as part of an exclusive interview with the manager.