Later News Aug 15

Solskjaer uncertain about Greenwood’s role as Manchester United lay down marker with Leeds win


Is Mason Greenwood a striker? A wide forward? A winger? It appears that even Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t quite know what his young starlet’s best position is.

 

The 19-year-old was among the goalscorers for the Red Devils last evening (SGT), as they romped to an easy 5-1 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.

 

It was a stunning performance from Solskjaer’s men that led to many United fans dreaming of Premier League success this season. Sure, Liverpool subsequently went on to win their opening fixture of the season against Norwich to dampen the mood somewhat, but there was no denying that United had made their title rivals sit up and take notice with this result and display.

 

WATCH: Klopp reacts to Liverpool's win over Norwich

 

Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring for United with a clinical strike on the half-hour mark.

 

Luke Ayling then restored parity for Leeds with a stunning striker from outside the box four minutes after the break.

 

But that was as good as it got for Bielsa’s men, as just three minutes later, Greenwood sidefooted home from a tight angle to put United in the lead again.

 

Two minutes later, Fernandes got his brace…

 

Before completing his hat-trick on the hour mark in some style.

 

And you know it’s really not your day when even Fred can score against you…

 

While Fernandes – whose hat-trick was made all the more special because none of his goals came from the penalty spot – and Paul Pogba stole the headlines for their matchwinning displays, Solskjaer chose to pay special praise to Greenwood, who he tasked to lead the line for United.

 

WATCH: Solskjaer credits 'team effort' for win over Leeds

 

“The way he has developed the last couple of seasons, you can see the way he burst away on that second goal, I think that is a man compared to a boy that was in the first-team two years ago,” Solskjaer gushed.

 

“I like what he has done in pre-season. He has worked so hard to get his fitness and he is ready to go.”

 

However, the Norwegian refused to commit to playing Greenwood as a striker, as he admitted to not knowing just yet what the England international’s best position is.

 

“Who says I want him [Greenwood] to be a striker? I have got forwards who can play different positions,” explained Solskjaer.

 

“He (Greenwood) scored a goal from left-wing position. He is so effective from the right. He can still be a no.9 and centre-forward the way he drops in. He is a natural footballer.

 

“You can see with the forwards we have got into the team with Mason, Jadon [Sancho], Marcus [Rashford], Anthony [Martial], Dan [James], even they can play in different positions.

 

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“Edinson (Cavani) is probably our only one fixed in one position. The rest I think we should just leave them to enjoy developing in their careers.

 

“I remember Wayne [Rooney] Carlos Tevez and Ronaldo playing together. Good players can always play together and we need movement and that is what we had today.”

 

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