Later News Jul 01

Solskjaer hails ‘special talent’ Greenwood – could he be Man United’s next Rooney?


Manchester United fans who have been in hiding since Liverpool were confirmed champions last week finally came out for a bit of sun this morning (SGT), following their team’s 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

 

That’s the very same Brighton which recently beat their one-time title rivals Arsenal 2-1, so the Red Devils’ victory is certainly not something to be scoffed at.

 

Wait, what do you mean beating Arsenal is nothing to shout about?

 

Regardless, United’s victory over Brighton wasn’t just about the three points, though it certainly would help in the Old Trafford outfit’s quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

 

No, the headlines following the match were centred mostly on young United striker Mason Greenwood, and rightly so.

 

The 18-year-old opened the scoring for his team in the 16th minute with a solo goal that involved stepovers – a move not seen at United since the heydays of Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

January signing Bruno Fernandes doubled United’s lead in the 29th minute with this bobbly long-range strike.

 

WATCH: Bruno Fernandes’ early impact at United

 

Greenwood then stepped up to the plate once again in the 50th minute, this time turning provider, as he teed up Fernandes for United’s third goal with an inch-perfect cross.

 

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was understandably extremely pleased with Greenwood’s contributions.

 

WATCH: Solskjaer praises Greenwood after Brighton display

 

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Solskjaer said: “He's a special talent, a special kid that we are going to look after and try to develop into a top, top player. He's doing well now but he is still young and has things to learn. He knows that but we have a special talent there we have to nurture.

 

“You can see clearly that he's maturing and improving, he's only 18 still so we will see more from him. I've said it throughout the year that as long as we can get him faced up in and around the box, he'll create chances for us but in this game his hold-up play and his link-up play and general movement was fantastic as well.”

 

Greenwood’s strike against Brighton puts him at six goals so far this season – interestingly, the last player aged 18 or below to record at least six EPL goals over the course of a season was Wayne Rooney, who scored nine for Everton during the 03/04 campaign.

 

And there are still six more games to go for Greenwood to equal or better Rooney’s record.

 

Unsurprisingly, the comparisons between Greenwood and the ex-United striker have already begun.

 

What do you all think? Will Greenwood turn out to be as good, if not better, than Rooney? Or will he end up a dud like Javier Hernandez?

 

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