OSG, like many others, strongly believes that Mason Greenwood has all of the qualities to be a great number 9 at Manchester United.
There is just one thing he believes needs work. That being, his aerial threat and ability to score with his head.
Greenwood came out of United’s academy in a breakthrough season last term. The English forward managed 17 goals across all competitions and was key to his clubs’ third-place league finish.
The 18-year-old has fit into a formidable front three which includes Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford. Possibly the most exciting from three in world football given their youth.
Greenwood has started this season in the same manner in which he ended the last. In top form.
He came off the bench in United’s 3-0 Carabao Cup win to Luton Town to grab himself 1 goal and 1 assist in only 14 minutes played. Turning the game on its head.
The forward has featured regularly on United’s right flank, however, Solskjaer is confident that he transition into a more central role where his knack for goals can be utilised best. And to do so, Greenwood must improve in one area.
“He had a fantastic season last season,” OSG said.
“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 Im very happy with that, m he just needs to work to get his fitness and sharpness back as well, like 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 in the middle.”
While Mason Greenwood has shown much promise he is yet to score a single headed goal. His manager is ready to help him with improving that part mom his game.
“For him to be a No.9, he needs to learn how to head the ball.”
“I keep telling him that and, m if he wants to do that, he’s welcome to come and practice with me.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was able to elevate his game to the next level at Manchester United by becoming an aerial threat. The Portuguese star has scored 109 career goals with his head, making up for a large percentage of his record-breaking goal tally.