Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed “special” Mason Greenwood as the teenager scored twice in Manchester United’s 5-2 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
The 18-year-old Greenwood grabbed the first of his two goals with a powerful left-footed strike to make it 2-1 before showing his two-footed prowess by firing home the fourth with his right, taking his tally to 15 for the season across all competitions.
Asked if he had known a young player with such power and precision in front of goal, Solskjaer said: “No, I don’t think I have.
“I have seen Wayne Rooney at the same age and Mason is a specialist finisher and specialist goalscorer he knows exactly what to do with the ball when he’s on the pitch.
“If he shoots he will score, he is going to get better and his general play has improved.”
So how far can Greenwood go? Solskjaer was asked whether the youngster’s career will have the same trajectory as former United players Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo but he was tight-lipped in his response: “I don’t want to compare him to Rooney or Ronaldo as that’s not fair and he’ll create his own career.
“He’s doing it his own way. Both of those have had fantastic careers and I’m sure if Mason keeps on doing the right things and making good decisions he’ll have a fantastic career too.
“It’s Mason’s first season but we’ve always known there’s a special kid there.”
In an electric performance, full of attacking flair, United extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches across all competitions.
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By Sky Sports