Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaps praise on Mason Greenwood and makes comparison with Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has drawn comparisons between Mason Greenwood and Wayne Rooney following the young forward’s impressive display in the Europa League.

Greenwood became the youngest Manchester United player to score twice in Europe in their 4-0 win over AZ Alkmaar.

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There are high hopes for Greenwood at Old Trafford
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Asked if he had seen anyone as good at the same age as Greenwood, who turned 18 in October, Solskjaer said: “I’ve seen a few good young players. I played with Wayne Rooney, but in terms of natural finishing, Mason is one of the best I’ve seen.”

Those goals against the Dutch side were his fifth and sixth senior goals for the club and is making the most of his chances in the first team.

He also already has more goals for United than Alexis Sanchez managed in 18 months.

“I’ve probably said it all before, so it’s nothing new – that’s what he does,” former striker Solskjaer said of Greenwood.

“And tomorrow he’ll probably go in training and score a few more. He’s always done it. That’s just natural for him.

“He’s a natural footballer but the closer he gets to goal, the more dangerous he is.

“Right foot, left foot – nightmare probably for defenders. He needs to develop his heading then he can be a proper striker.”

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Solskjaer has been familiar with Greenwood for a long time and recalled meeting him 11 years ago at the United academy.

“I actually do remember when I met him for the first time because my son was training at the Cliff as an eight-year-old. Mason was seven,” said Solskjaer.

“The first time I saw him he stood out and I took a picture with him. He’s now here. It’s just what we do.

“I asked him for the picture because I knew he was going to be a player. He has probably got it, or his dad has probably got it.”

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