Mason Greenwood led the line for an injury-hit Manchester United against West Ham yesterday.

Greenwood has played most of his football for United cutting in from the right flank but it’s expected that he will eventually become a centre-forward.

It was a tough assignment for him, up against three physical visiting centre-halves in the opening 45 minutes before David Moyes switched to a back four.

Speaking to United’s official website, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Scott McTominay made it clear how impressed they were with Greenwood’s display through the middle.

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“Mason was brilliant, Mason was top – top, top drawer,” said McTominay. “He was so direct, he was very confident, whenever he had the ball, but yeah as I say every week: ‘Mason, now that’s the benchmark’.

“That’s got to be the standard now every single game, that work-rate, that intensity and I’m seeing it every single week, to be fair, from him. Long may it continue.

Solskjaer added: “His performance was really good. He deserved a goal. I have to say he has played really well lately. He linked the play well for us, he held the play up well for us.


“He kept switching it and he had our two best chances. Great save by Fabianski, down to his right, and unfortunately he hit the post on the second one and he kept creating chances for others as well.

I am very pleased with Mason at the moment.”

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Greenwood might be needed to shoulder even more attacking responsibility in the coming weeks, depending on how bad Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani’s injuries are.

He hasn’t been as prolific this season as last, but he’s got the quality to score crucial goals as the important games pile up for United.

In the midst of that, he’s been called into the England Under-21 squad for the group stage of the European Championship this month.

Some strong performances there would set him up perfectly to keep on impressing Solskjaer.

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