Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Darren Fletcher praised Mason Greenwood, praising the teenager’s stance.
Greenwood made a major lead during the 2019/20 season, scoring 17 goals in 49 matches, with many of these on the bench. This form earned him his first international match for England in the UEFA European Nations League against Iceland in September.
This season, he didn’t have the same effect, scoring only six times in all competitions in 41 matches.
However, this is not a concern of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who believes that the Englishman is making progress in other areas of his game.
Speaking to GQ after his team’s victory over Granada in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals, Solskjaer said: “He is 19 years old. He will still go to the end when he should have passed the ball, or when he should have passed, which is normal. For someone who is 19 years old, he will learn because he wants to learn.
“I am not worried about (his goal balance). He is available for everyone to see that his overall playing has improved a lot. His fitness and body shape are different. He can relate to playing better, let’s raise it. Create more opportunities for others.”
Meanwhile, new Manchester United manager and former player Darren Fletcher was also happy with Greenwood, praising “his overall attitude, behavior and willingness to learn, especially towards him, which is something he’s really working hard on.”
“He’s nowhere near where he should be,” Fletcher said. But he’s making an effort to strip him of the basics and get a bonus by scoring his first goal header.
“Listen – this boy is a wonder. We know he’s a scorer, he can use both his feet and the rest of things, but the rest of his overall game and the improvement this season has not been recognized due to his lack of goals, which is a pity with him.”
Manchester United has eight matches left in the league, plus up to four in the Europa League. Their priority will be the last, as they look to grab their first piece of silverware since the same cup in 2017.
After beating Granada 2-0 in the first leg, it will be difficult to qualify for the semi-finals this month. If they advance, they will face Ajax or Roma. Serie A is currently leading a 2-1 draw.
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