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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Mason Greenwood “needs to learn the man’s game” in order to become a club regular player.
The 18-year-old has shown an impressive game, scoring for the Red Devils on Thursday’s Europa League 3 – 0 win over FK Partizan Belgrade.
It was the youngster’s third goal this season, however the United boss still hasn’t include him in the regular first-team squad.
Speaking on the case, Solskjaer told: “Mason is going to have a very big career, but sometimes it’s not the right time to play him. He knows why he hasn’t played as much. 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. 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’re finding the right balance between playing him, resting him and training him. You’ve got to perform every day if you are going to be accepted by a group like this.”
Being asked if Greenwood’s finishing during the Partizan clash reminded him of former United striker Robin van Persie, the Red Devils boss replied: “Definitely. He’s very composed as well with his finishing. It’s just what he does, it’s 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 practice and 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’ll still finish the same, hopefully.”