Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says that Mason Greenwood faces a “difficult” future as opponents become wiser to his talents.
Greenwood, who rose through United’s academy ranks, exploded onto the first-team scene last season. The teenager scored 10 Premier League goals, becoming only the third player aged 18 or under in the competition’s history to reach double figures in a season. Despite struggling in the early parts of this campaign, though, he has impressed in recent weeks.
Indeed, he has played the full 90 minutes in five successive games, scoring in each of the last two.
In fact, his latest goal earned United three points in the 2-1 win over Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Speaking to MUTV, Red Devils colleague Fernandes insisted that goalscoring should not be at the centre of Greenwood’s attention.
Instead, he urged the youngster to focus on his all-round development, well aware that a natural eye for finishing will not desert the forward.
“Everyone has to know that Mason is a young player and now everyone is starting to know how Mason is, it will become more and more difficult for him,” Fernandes said.
“It is normal. It is part of the development for him and he will learn from here so it doesn’t matter how many goals he scores; the most important thing for us is that he still helps the team and he is doing his best.
“It is important for us as a team, it doesn’t matter who scores.
“If Mason scores for us or not, it is important if he can do other jobs, recover balls, pressing, defend when we need it, make assists, create danger.
“So it is not important for him to score. He has to understand, he is such a young lad. Of course, every striker wants to score but, anyway, he will score more and more goals as the seasons pass.”
Solskjaer names Greenwood’s Man Utd reality
Asked if the scrappy winner against the Seagulls was his favourite goal by Greenwood to date, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Yeah, definitely, so happy for him.
“Pleased with his overall performance again very good. He was bright, tidy, clean on the ball, hit the post and one that went over the bar, maybe deflected, in the second half.
“When he gets those goals, we know that he’s going to add another dimension to his game. Very, very pleased.”
He added: “He’s learning all the time from Edinson Cavani. He can be lethal in that position.”