David de Gea is 30 and has spent the last decade at Manchester United, playing alongside some great players, and some not so great.
It means he knows a special player when he sees one, and his praise of teenager Mason Greenwood underlines that he recognises the forward’s quality.
Greenwood scored United’s winner at Wolves on Sunday, ensuring De Gea’s own brilliant double save got the reward it deserved.
The Spaniard told the club website: “The kid is on fire. Top finisher, he is clinical, he has the goal in his mind all the time so he’s being very important for us at the moment.
“Hopefully he can keep the level up and keep scoring goals like he did today.”
A star player
Greenwood is relishing his role in Manchester United’s team, wherever he is asked to play.
He is being shuffled between the centre-forward and right-wing position and this will continue with Cristiano Ronaldo set to sign for the club.
Greenwood won’t be daunted by Ronaldo’s arrival, he will love the chance to play alongside him.
The teenager now has 32 goals for Manchester United and has until his birthday at the start of October to match Norman Whiteside’s record for a teenager, which stands at 39.
It will be a tough task but Greenwood has a chance of going close, with games to come against Newcastle, West Ham (2), Young Boys, Aston Villa, and Villarreal.
Having the faith of his teammates will help, and Greenwood has earned that.
His three goals this season have been crucial ones. His strike against Leeds put Manchester United 2-1 up right after the away side had equalised, before Bruno Fernandes added another brace and Fred also got on the scoresheet.
Greenwood’s goal against Southampton earned United a point, and this winner at Wolves secured all three.
While he also had De Gea at the other end to thank for his role in United’s win, Greenwood is delivering at his end of the pitch, and long may it continue.
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