Greenwood opens up on ‘challenge’ as Solskjaer makes admission on Man Utd role

Date published: Wednesday 17th February 2021 4:19 - Samuel Bannister

Mason Greenwood believes he is getting back towards the standards he set last season for Manchester United.

Greenwood was a revelation for United last season as he broke into the first team. He scored 10 goals in the Premier League last term, despite only making 12 starts.

This season has presented different challenges for the 19-year-old, but he has been showing signs of improvement recently.

United showed their faith in him this week by getting him to sign a new contract. He has committed his future to the club until 2025, with the option of a further year.

The target will now be to kick on in the remaining games this season, starting with Thursday’s Europa League tie with Real Sociedad.

Speaking alongside manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the pre-match press conference, Greenwood insisted he is getting nearer to where he wants to be.

“Yeah, 100%,” he said of getting back to form. “I feel I am getting closer to my levels last season.

“Hopefully I can get back to the standards of last season.”

Now that Greenwood is a first team regular rather than an unknown prospect, he admitted he has faced more pressure this season than last year.

However, he has backed himself to rise to the challenge.

“It is something – it’s a challenge,” he said. “First season not many know you, second season they catch up on you. You need tricks up your sleeve.”

Greenwood initially emerged as a centre-forward, but has often played on the right wing this season.

As he continues to develop his game, he said he is happy to play in any attacking position.

“I don’t mind, I can play anywhere across the front three,” he insisted. “For me it is just about adapting. I don’t really mind, I will take it as it comes.”


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He will be hoping to gain plenty of advice from manager Solskjaer in that regard, while another inspirational figure could be experienced centre-forward Edinson Cavani, who joined the club in the summer.

Greenwood said he is trying to learn as much as he can from both of them.

“They both were and are amazing players,” he said. “I have been learning a lot off Edinson, Solskjaer being my coach it is a positive to have them both there.”

Solskjaer patient with Greenwood

Manager Solskjaer then provided yet more public backing for the teenager, adding that there is a fourth position Greenwood can play.

The United boss knows it will take time for Greenwood to find his perfect role, though.

“I think Mason was a bit shy there, he can play No.10 too!” Solskjaer enthused. “I think we just have to give him time to find his final position. He is a forward who moves really well along the line.

“Sometimes you don’t want to be right in the mix, so I think we have found he can play both really.

“In and around the goal – we need him there.”

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