Sunday’s game with Liverpool would have been Mason Greenwood’s 100th match for Manchester United.
He will have to wait until tomorrow’s clash with Roma to reach his century and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about him at the pre-match press conference.
It was streamed on the club’s official app at 1pm, and Solskjaer admitted he still doesn’t know Greenwood’s best position.
He said he wasn’t sure if Greenwood would put his head in enough to be a regular centre forward option, which means he could continue playing from the right.
“We spoke before the Liverpool game – that was going to be his 100th game,” said Solskjaer of Greenwood.
“We said let’s score a winner, for example. That’s what he does, scores goals. He’s so clever, he’s so clean on his build-up play. He’s giving assists.
“Decision making is one thing. Is he going to be a central striker or a right attacker? If you want to be a no.9 you’re going to get hurt, you’ve got to stick your head in and break your nose.
“He’s a pretty boy, I’m not sure he wants to do that. We’ve got loads of work but keep doing what he does, he’s only 19. He’s working on the right thing and I’m very happy.”
United need a long-term option on both the right wing and through the middle, which is handy for Greenwood.
He can get experience of both positions, although it has long been mooted that he will be the club’s striker for the next ten years.
Solskjaer knows all about what it takes to be a striker and has just gently laid down the gauntlet for Greenwood, while also showering him with praise.
100 United appearances at the age of 19 is a staggering achievement and Greenwood will be a star in whichever position he ends up.
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