Manchester United host Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday
Last Updated: 03/07/20 11:02am
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the sky is the limit for teenage forward Mason Greenwood.
Greenwood’s opener in the midweek 3-0 win against Brighton took his Premier League goal tally for the season to six, the most by any player under the age of 19 since Wayne Rooney scored nine goals for Everton during the 2003-04 season.
Asked about Greenwood at his pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth, Solskjaer said: “We have done well over the course of the season giving him more exposure and game time.
“It’s not easy as a young boy, he could still play in the FA Youth Cup team! So he’s a young boy and we have to look after him.
“But from the bench or when he starts he is performing. He’s developed fantastically this season so the sky is the limit. It’s up to him. He knows what he can do, should do and must do to keep on playing [and getting chances].”
Ole: Greenwood well ahead of me!
Asked how his development compares to Solskjaer’s during his playing days, he said: “Mason is way ahead of what I was when I was 18, 19, that’s for sure.
“He’s got a knack of scoring goals. I don’t really want to say anything different because it’s natural for him and it was what I felt I could do well as well.
“He’s a brilliant boy to work with. He keeps on learning, keeps on making better and better decisions.”
Ole quiet on Bellingham reports
United were interested in adding another talented English teenager to their ranks in the form of Jude Bellingham, but the Birmingham midfielder is reportedly edging closer to a move to Borussia Dortmund.
Asked if it was frustrating to miss out on the 17-year-old, Solskjaer said: “Well, I think there’s been loads of speculation and linked us to every single talented player from the age of 15 to 25, really.
“I can’t comment on every single player that’s been linked with us so, no, I can’t really comment.”
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