Owen Hargreaves praises 'pretty special' Mason Greenwood

Manchester United’s highlight against Young Boys was Mason Greenwood’s incredible early volley.

Greenwood displayed immaculate technique to score the opening goal in the 1-1 draw and net his fifth goal of the season.

The 20-year-old’s goal was just one aspect of a strong performance from the youngster, who was arguably United’s best player on the pitch.

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Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves spoke to BT Sport after the game and referred to Greenwood as ‘a diamond’.


Hargreaves tipped Greenwood to potentially break into Manchester United’s Premier League starting line-up for the Norwich game this weekend. He now has one goal and one assist in two games under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

He said: “One player who could sneak in at the weekend is Mason Greenwood, he was really sharp.

“Mason’s pretty special. A lot of players cost a lot of money out there, he’s from the academy and he’s the best one.

“People always talk about his finishing, his ability to use the ball, and receive the ball doesn’t get enough credit. He’ll be in the starting 11 soon.”

Rio Ferdinand added that he felt Greenwood was a ‘beautiful footballer’ and also praised his performance.

Can Greenwood make it back into the XI?

Rangnick has played a 4-2-2-2 in his two opening matches and it is likely Greenwood will be competing for one of the two forward spots.

It would most likely be Marcus Rashford who would miss out, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s starting spot looking secure.

After a bright return from injury, Rashford has now gone seven matches without scoring a goal, although he did provide an assist against Arsenal.

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Rashford has not shown he deserves to be a guaranteed starter, and Greenwood has put in a compelling case for a recall.

With games upcoming against Norwich, Brentford and Brighton over the next fortnight, there is a strong case Greenwood will be back in the starting line-up soon, possibly even this weekend.

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