Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand spoke with great excitement as he pinpointed two key reasons why frontman Mason Greenwood has the world at his feet.
The 18-year-old academy graduate has burst onto the scene in the current campaign, notching 12 goals and four assists from just 1,655 minutes of action across 36 first team appearances.
Greenwood has scored in every competition he has featured in this season, and has been a vital component in the Red Devils’ mid-season rejuvenation.
With a manager prepared to give youth a chance, Greenwood looks all set to be given further opportunities to continue his rapid development over the coming years, and ex-Utd centre-half Ferdinand expects great things.
Speaking in an Instagram Q and A (via the Manchester Evening News), the six-time Premier League winner pointed to Greenwood’s two-footed ability and brimming self-confidence as reasons why he believes the forward can ascend to great heights.
Ferdinand said: “Have you seen what this kid is doing?”
“Left and right foot. If you said to him take a free-kick please. In his own mind he is saying to himself ‘do they want it on my right or my left foot?’ That is the kind of conversations he is having in his head.
“Left foot, right foot, bang. The ball is hitting the back of the net, that is how he moves. I have seen this kid since he was very young and I have heard people talking about him at the club.
“Every level he has gone into, that is the key, every level he has played he has looked unfazed and stepped up to it easily. Like with pure, pure ease. He has just done it.
“He just looks around ‘Old Trafford? This is me, I’m meant to be here.’ That is the vibe I get from him. You can’t put a price on that, that cold-hearted calm confidence is just mad.”
Meanwhile, Man Utd have been offered fresh hope in their quest to sign Norwich City playmaker Todd Cantwell.
Canaries legend David Phillips has said that he expects many of the club’s promising young players to leave in the summer transfer window, if Norwich do not keep their place in the Premier League.
United have been linked with both Cantwell and centre-back Ben Godfrey, while Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis have both also been tipped to make high-profile moves at the end of the season.
Phillips admits Norwich are going to find it hard to retain the services of their top names, and he believes the success of former Canaries midfielder James Maddison since he left the club will only inspire the current crop to follow in his footsteps.