One of the criticisms of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stint in charge of Manchester United is that he does not always get his substitutions right.

Against Tottenham he got his changes spot on, bringing on Mason Greenwood with devastating effect.

Taking off Marcus Rashford was the right call, with the team’s second highest scorer still not 100 per cent fit. He had contributed for 70 minutes, and it was time for Greenwood to have a go.

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Greenwood looked immediately ‘up for it’, crashing a shot narrowly wide.

His next contribution was to deliver a cross which Edinson Cavani connected with to score an impressive diving header.

In injury time the youngster wrapped it up, scoring United’s third. The manner of his strike earned praise from former England international Gary Lineker.

Greenwood can score with either foot, making him so dangerous for opposing defences to read.

After a lean spell to start the season, Greenwood is hitting form. This was the third domestic game in a row he has found the net.


Greenwood has seven goals for the season now, and he is closing in on double figures after this late burst.

The teenager’s assist was his fifth of the season. That’s equal with Anthony Martial, and only Luke Shaw (6), Marcus Rashford (10) and Bruno Fernandes (14) have more.

Greenwood has shown over the last couple of weeks that there is no reason to be concerned, just because he has not hit the goalscoring heights of his 17 goal season last year.

Last season he had only one assist, and this season he is on five. His all round game is developing and the team are benefitting.

As he showed in injury time against Spurs, he’s still pretty lethal in front of goal.

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