Gary Neville praises Mason Greenwood

Mason Greenwood scored for the third time in three games as Manchester United beat Wolves on Sunday.

Greenwood netted United’s winner in the 1-0 victory, on an afternoon where the team performance wasn’t the best.

The teenager looks the pick of United’s forwards right now and Gary Neville believes the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo can help him progress even further.

Speaking to the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel, Neville said he believes Greenwood now has the perfect example in terms of professionalism

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“The way Mason Greenwood is playing at the moment, he’s fit, he’s flying, he looks completely on top of his game,” said Neville. “There’s no way he’s being left out.

“What Cristiano will do is make Mason understand the professionalism required pre-training, in training and in recovery. With Cristiano, he’s got an even better chance of becoming a great player.

“Aside from Harry Kane, I don’t see anybody close to Mason Greenwood as an English centre-forward. No-one, no-one’s near him.

“He’s a better centre-forward than Marcus Rashford, he’s a better finisher than Marcus Rashford. Greenwood is composed in front of goal, Honestly he could do anything. If he keeps on playing like he is, he’ll become undroppable.”

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United have to make room for Greenwood

Cristiano Ronaldo will be an automatic first pick following his arrival.

But Edinson Cavani is just coming back, Jadon Sancho looked short of sharpness at Wolves and Marcus Rashford is out injured.

That means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shouldn’t find it too hard to keep Greenwood in the side for the time being.

And if he keeps playing like is now, he won’t be going anywhere even once everyone else is fit. His start to the season has been incredibly exciting and learning from Ronaldo will only bring him on more.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.