Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that, for Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood, the “sky is the limit”.
He scored one and provided another in an impressive 3-0 win at Brighton on Tuesday and Solskjaer, a former United striker, is excited to see what else he can do:
“Only the sky’s the limit. It’s up to him. He knows what he’s supposed to do, can and must do to continue playing, but that’s going to be between us.”
In general, though, Greenwood has enjoyed a superb breakthrough season, claiming 13 goals across all competitions in 40 appearances.
“Over the course of the season, we’ve done well giving him more and more exposure, more and more game time,” the United boss said about the star youth.
“But he performs from the bench, or when he starts, and this season he has developed fantastically.
“You know, being a young boy is not easy. He could still play in the FA Youth Cup team this season, so he is a young boy that we need to look after.”
He marvelled at Greenwood’s talent, describing the 18-year-old as “way ahead” from where he was at the same age.
Asked how his development during his playing days may be compared with Solskjaer’s own, he said: “Mason is far ahead of what I was when I was 18, 19, that’s for sure.
“He has a knack of target scoring. I really don’t want to say anything else because it’s natural for him and that was what I felt I could do well.
“He is a brilliant boy to work with. He continues to learn, to make better and better decisions.”
In related news, United was interested in adding another talented English teenager in the form of Jude Bellingham to their ranks.
But the Birmingham midfielder seems to be on the brink of joining 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 we’ve really been connected to every talented player from 15 to 25 years old.
“I can’t comment on every single player that has been linked to us so, no, I can’t comment really.”
In any case, United’s immediate focus is on maintaining their impressive unbeaten run of 15 matches when Saturday’s battling Bournemouth visit Old Trafford:
“I have many, many reasons for playing the same team but I also have a couple of reasons to rotate one or two that played so well earlier in the season.”