Mason Greenwood says that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s simple advice to play with “a smile on your face” has proved crucial in his recent Manchester United rise.
Greenwood burst onto the scene last year, scoring 17 goals in his blistering debut season. Indeed, he especially caught the eye following the coronavirus lockdown with five strikes in nine Premier League outings.
What’s more, the Englishman’s ability to finish with deadly effect using both feet has proved invaluable.
“It was Ole, the manager,” Greenwood said.
“He says to all of the young players that are coming up: ‘Just go out there with a smile on your face. You are playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, just go out there and express yourself. You’ve been waiting for this all of your life, so just go out there and enjoy it.’
“Ole has been a big part of my game and development. He has helped me to get to where I am now and has given me the chances to prove to everyone what I can do.
“I’m glad he’s there. He’s a good manager and he knows what he’s talking about because he’s been a great goalscorer for Manchester United himself.
“When he talks to me I always listen and take his advice.”
Greenwood has lacked game time of late, though, owing to off-field issues. Among them was his decision to break Covid-19 protocols while on senior England duty for the first time.
However, he returned to action on Tuesday, notching an assist in the 4-1 Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir.
Solskjaer compares Hasenhuttl to Klopp
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has compared Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
United meet Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday, with the Saints flying high in the table.
Indeed, ahead of the match, Solskjaer picked out the comparisons between the Austrian and German Klopp.