Mason Greenwood made his long-awaited first start for Manchester United on the final day of the season.

The impressive teenager did well, and it is just the start for the young striker. Now his pre-season hopes have been given a boost.

Marcus Rashford’s call up to England’s UEFA Nations League side means he will get a longer rest before pre-season begins. The final of the competition is on June 6, with United’s first pre-season game in Australia on July 13.

This means Greenwood will be fresher, and is in line for chances to stake an impression in the early pre-season games, especially if Rashford joins up late.

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How big a chance, depends on what happens with Romelu Lukaku, who The Mail report is keen on a move to Italy. The Sun meanwhile claim United are keen on Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.

 

Greenwood’s progress has been praised by United head of academy Nicky Butt.

Butt told United’s official website: “Mason is a phenomenal talent. He’s done unbelievably well for me in the Under-19s this year and done well when he’s gone up into the Under-23s.”

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Greenwood will get a chance to lay down a marker in pre-season and show Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he can join his first team squad on a regular basis.

Rashford’s England call-up helps his chances, and this is an extra reason to feel positive that the 17-year-old will get a proper chance to show what he can do.

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