Mason Greenwood showed exactly why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer supported him as Man United’s finest finisher
Mason Greenwood showed exactly why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer supported him as Manchester United’s best finisher … the teenager stole the show with his braces against Bournemouth and the sky is really the limit
- Manchester United continued their great form with a 5-2 win over Bournemouth
- Mason Greewood scored twice against the cherries and has 15 for the season
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was the best finisher at United and showed why
- United wanted the Joshua King from Bournemouth in January, but he was aware
No wonder Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Mason Greenwood talks the way he does. There’s something about the cold-eyed killer in Greenwood that reminds you of Solskjaer in his splendor at Manchester United.
United’s manager insists that the teen at the same age is even better than him, and he may be right. But the comparisons are clear enough. The predatory instinct that occurs when the target is in sight, the nerveless preparation and clinical execution.
Solskjaer has described Greenwood as the best finisher at the club, which says something when you look at some of his teammates. Anthony Martial scored a superb goal against Bournemouth and Marcus Rashford joined the Frenchman on 20 goals for the season when he scored from the penalty spot in a 5-2 win. Bruno Fernandes also weighed with another goal.
Mason Greenwood remained promising for United with a brace against Bournemouth
The teenager stole the show while grabbing braces to bring him to 15 goals for the season
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is the best finisher in the club and Greenwood provided answers
But it was Greenwood who stole the show with two excellent strikes – one to fire United level against a team second from the bottom in the Premier League and the second to pull them clear when Bournemouth threatened to make a comeback in the second half .
The youngster now has 15 goals for the season and eight in the Premier League, making him the highest scoring player aged 18 or under in the top tier since Wayne Rooney scored nine for Everton in the 2003-04 season.
Comparisons will inevitably be made there too. Greenwood is not an early developer like Rooney, but it has been noted how much he physically filled in by following a weight program during a lockdown.
The comparisons to Solskjaer in its splendor are clear – the predatory instinct and the execution
The sky is the limit for Greenwood, according to Solskjaer – he really is an exciting prospect
Also mentally, the player has overcome some concerns about his maturity and his willingness to play in the first team at such a young age and has dispelled any doubts this season.
On the eve of the Bournemouth game, Solskjaer said that ‘sky is the limit’ for Greenwood after scoring one and setting up another for Fernandes in Tuesday’s win in Brighton.
When asked if he risked putting too much pressure on the player, he said, “I don’t think it puts any more pressure on him. He doesn’t come in as the savior, he comes in to learn. He is a boy who can still play in this season’s FA Youth Cup. He just took it in his stride. ‘
He showed so much confidence and focus in his goals, despite being pressured
Here, at Old Trafford, Greenwood provided his own answers. When Fernandes flagged him with United behind just before half an hour with a goal, there was just enough weight on the pass for Greenwood to control the ball and hit him for a shot with one touch.
He was under pressure from Adam Smith, but he didn’t flinch. The focus was entirely on making the best connection possible with the ball flying off his left foot. Aaron Ramsdale got a hand, but it didn’t matter, there was enough power on the shot to get it past the Bournemouth goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
When Greenwood struck again in the 54th minute, United needed another hard goal, but this time to kill Bournemouth, who had pulled it back to 3-2 and just got an equalizer from substitute Arnaut Danjuma for offside.
Eddie Howe’s side defended again in numbers on the edge of their own box when Nemanja Matic hit the ball at Greenwood. There seemed to be little danger, even though he left the field at a point that took him away from Diego Rico.
Josh King of Bournemouth was a target for United in January, but was replaced by Greenwood
If Greenwood continues like this, Solskjaer will not be able to ignore him in the future
But Greenwood already knew what he was going to do. He was determined and confident to do it. He shot an excellent shot over the goal, past Ramsdale and into the top corner. It was a fantastic goal and especially for the young man’s guts.
Greenwood is a really exciting prospect and it will be interesting to see how United handles his progress as Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish are on their list of transfer goals and may also be signing a new striker.
They made an offer for Josh King before signing Odion Ighalo in January and the Bournemouth striker scored from the penalty spot here, but he was followed by Greenwood before United’s No.26 was replaced by Dan James in the 75th minute.
Since the restart, a first-choice United team has emerged and Greenwood is part of that. If he continues to play like this, Solskjaer can’t easily overlook him.