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Speaking to the club’s official website, Manchester United legend Andy Cole has tipped Mason Greenwood to make a huge impact in the near future.
The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene at Old Trafford, shining on the club’s pre-season tour earlier this summer. Despite not making a single Premier League start this campaign, Cole has insisted Greenwood is ready to take off when given the opportunity.
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He said: “The kid has got quality in abundance, to be fair to him. If he keeps working and keeps progressing, which I have no doubt he will do, it won’t be too long before he is lining up for the first team on a regular basis.
“When you watch him, as a former centre-forward, you can see with your own eyes that he has two great feet. If you look at his mentality as well, he looks like he has got his head screwed on for a very young boy who has just turned 18. I watched him a lot during the pre-season tour and watched him quite a few times on MUTV as well, so you realise he has quality. It won’t be long, it won’t be long.”
Having made it quite clear at the end of last season that he would be prepared to hand out opportunities to the club’s clutch of talented youngsters, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t exactly fulfilled that promise entirely. The kids have largely been restricted to Europa League appearances, and just a few minutes off the bench in the Premier League. Hardly a great show of faith now, is it?
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In Greenwood, United have a starlet who the club can get behind. Amidst all their goal-scoring troubles – the Red Devils have struck just nine times in their opening seven league games – Greenwood can be the man to get them out of it. His finishes against FC Astana and Rochdale were clinical, and it’s exactly the type of ruthlessness Solskjaer’s side could do with in the big games.
Cole suggests “it won’t be too long”, but for United, the time for Greenwood really has to be now.