- Mason Greenwood scored for Manchester United against Partizan Belgrade
- Young English forward is seen as one of the clubs best prospects in years
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Greenwood to consistently train at his best
- He thinks 18-year-old forward needs to ‘stamp his authority on every day’
Mason Greenwood needs to ‘stamp his authority’ on every day, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The youngster had been taken out of the firing line but returned to action in the Europa League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants more from Greenwood in training and seeks consistency
Greenwood has shown plenty of promise already and is dangerous off both feet
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Mason Greenwood that he cannot cut corners in training if he wants to be a star at Manchester United.
Greenwood underlined his potential once again with United’s opening goal in the Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
It came a week after the 18-year-old striker was made to play for the Under-23s at Doncaster in the EFL Trophy instead of the senior side against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup.
Solskjaer has revealed that he decided to take Greenwood out of the firing line because the teenager’s performances in training had dipped.
‘If he’d really stamped his authority in training every single day and been the best option he would have played every game,’ said the United boss. ‘As a young boy you expect ups and downs and he’s had some downs – but I think he is on his way up again.
‘He needs to learn the man’s game. He’s gone up from the Under-18s last year, now he’s training with the first team every day and you can’t just turn that switch on and off. You’ve got to perform every day if you are going to be accepted by a group like this.
‘Mason is going to have a very big career, but sometimes is not the right time to play him. He knows why he hasn’t played as much. We’re taking our time with him.
‘It’s been a difficult period. Anthony (Martial) has been away, and to put all the weight on his shoulder wasn’t right either. I think we are finding the right balance between playing him, resting him and training him.
‘It’s always been in our philosophy and my philosophy to give young players with the right attitude a chance. If that takes a couple of years for him to really, really come through, it’s worth it for us.
‘I’m managing for Man United, I’m not managing for me. I managing for the best way I think we can get the best out of Mason.
‘He scored a winner in that game against Doncaster, which always gives players confidence. That was more important for him to play that game and 90 minutes to be ready for these games instead of being on the bench the day after against Chelsea.’
It’s understood that Greenwood has also had to deal with a family bereavement following the death of his grandmother. He dedicated his goals against Partizan and Doncaster to her.
He has now scored four times in 13 games this season and Solskjaer understands why the youngsters coolness in front of goal has drawn comparison with former United striker Robin van Persie.
‘Definitely,’ he added. ‘He is very composed as well with his finishing. It is just what he does it is natural to him. Right foot, left foot, I don’t think he still knows which is the best one, which is very difficult for defenders to defend against.
‘He’s doing his finishing practices. I can see it every day. The good thing is he can do it at Old Trafford in front of a full crowd or 62,000, he doesn’t get fazed by the occasion. He’s still composed. Whether that’s a game with his mates in the park or a cup final he will still finish the same or Premier League, hopefully.’