Man United boss impressed with 18-year-old centre-forward performances

Man United coach claimed Mason Greenwood reminded him of Robin van Persie after his display with Partizan Belgrade last night.

U21 England international opened the scoring midway through the opening period, collecting Marcus Rashford’s pass, twisting inside a centre-back and sending the shot-stopper the wrong way with a powerful left-footed shot.

When suggested that Mason’s skill in front of goal was similar to Van Persie, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replied: ‘Definitely. ‘He is very composed with his finishing. It is natural for him. ‘Right foot, left foot I still don’t think he knows which is his best one which is very difficult for defenders to defend against.

‘But the good thing is he can do it at Old Trafford in front of a full crowd. He doesn’t get fazed by the occasion, so he is still composed. ‘Whether that is a game with his mates in the park or a cup final, he will finish the same. Or in the Premier League hopefully!’

The 18-year-old striker has now scored four goals from 13 games in all tournaments, and the Norwegian tactician confirmed Greenwood, who recently signed a new long-term deal, will be given further opportunities to impress.

‘You always get assessed on results now but the DNA of this club and my philosophy to give young players with the right attitude a chance,’ he added.

‘If that takes a couple of years for Greenwood to come through, it is worth it for us. I am managing for Man United, not for myself. ‘I am managing the best way I think we can get the best out of Mason.’