Roy Hodgson has revealed that Crystal Palace made a cheeky attempt to sign “fantastic” Mason Greenwood last summer.
Hodgson was keen on trying to snap up Greenwood on a season-long loan. But he says that Manchester United did not entertain it for a moment.
Palace boss Hodgson has used the loan market well in recent times, having previously snapped up Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
He has likened Greenwood to Marcus Rashford, after giving the United forward his big chance when he was England manager.
Hodgson said: “Mason is a fantastic player. We’ve known about him for a while and in actual fact I think we might even have enquired about him at the start of the season, if there was any chance of him coming out on loan.
“Of course you get the answer ‘no chance’ because they see him as one of theirs. But it wasn’t a difficult spot.
“I think people all over the Premier League have realised there is a real talent on the books of Manchester United. And it’s been just a question of time before he gets his chance.
“It was the same with Marcus, he didn’t have to wait either and they put him in early and, as a result, they find themselves with a young but very, very talented forward line.”
Neville urges Solskjaer away from dangerous Greenwood judgement
Gary Neville says Manchester United would be wrong to think Mason Greenwood has ended their need to sign another attacker in the coming months.
Greenwood has burst into life in his debut season with United, scoring 18 goals and assisting five others. Indeed, he has netted four times in six games since the Premier League’s restart.
The Englishman’s form comes amid speculation that the Red Devils are after another attacker this summer.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly has Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho – among others – on his radar.
And while Solskjaer has talked up Greenwood’s exciting potential on several occasions, Neville believes the manager cannot be fooled into thinking his problems are solved. Read more…