Mason Greenwood has scored more goals from open play for Manchester United than Marcus Rashford has in recent months

There are few things for Manchester United fans to be optimistic about at the moment, but Mason Greenwood is offering them a glimmer of hope.

The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 by West Ham last weekend and scraped through against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

At Old Trafford, they could only draw 1-1 in normal time and had to rely on penalties to see them through to the fourth round.

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Mason Greenwood could be called upon against Arsenal
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Greenwood netted United’s only goal in the game which was his second senior goal for the club.

The 17-year-old also spared Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s blushes in the Europa League when he scored the winner against Astana.

The goal against Rochdale also produced an astonishing statistic that Greenwood has scored more goals from open play than Marcus Rashford has in the last six months.

Rashford may have found the net three times this season but two of those came from penalties.

The 21-year-old striker also failed to score in his last eight games last season with his final club goal coming on March 30.

United have been short on striking options this season with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez joining Inter Milan while Rashford picked up a groin injury.

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Marcus Rashford has struggled to find the net for Manchester United
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Greenwood has been making the most of his opportunity in the first team with some solid performances and important goals.

United manager Solskjaer praised the young striker after his side beat Rochdale on penalties.

“He has two great feet and (took the) penalty with his right, so he must be a nightmare for defenders having him one on one in the box,” he said.

“He can go both ways, which is for me fantastic and you can just see he has got quality and he will get his share of games.

“But he is young, we’ll allow him to grow slowly but surely.”

Greenwood looks almost certain to feature for the Red Devils when they host Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday.

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