We called earlier this week for Mason Greenwood to get a chance as a striker against Real Sociedad.
Injuries to Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial opened up an opportunity.
Greenwood got his chance and while he will be disappointed not to have scored once again, he played a his part in United’s 4-0 ‘away’ win.
The 19-year-old had two shots at goal, although did not test the ‘keeper during his 82 minutes on the pitch.
Solskjaer gave a lukewarm verdict on Greenwood’s performance. He summarised that he was happy with the teenager, yet still acknowledges that he is a couple of years away from being a perfect fit for the striker position.
The United boss tole the club website: “Today was a decision we made [to play Mason up front] because, with Marcus and Dan, we felt the spaces behind the full-backs tonight were going to be important.
“We had Mason in the middle, dropping off and getting on the ball, and he’ll keep playing sometimes up front and sometimes wide.
“We’ll find his position later on but we probably need a year or two before he’s a full-grown number nine.”
Greenwood will hope for an opportunity again in the second leg. Sociedad’s defending was terrible, leaving plenty of space for United to exploit.
Whether he plays will depend on if United are planning to start him days later against Chelsea.
United have the luxury of naming an experimental line up in that match and Amad Diallo could be among the starters.
Greenwood would love to add to his tally of four goals and four assists this season, but hopefully he won’t have to wait until next week; he may get an opportunity at home to Newcastle United this weekend.
- Gary Neville reacts to reports Ed Woodward has quit Manchester United
- Ed Woodward to quit Manchester United – report
- Luke Shaw delivers passionate message against Super League
- Hung out to dry: Manchester United players deserve our full support
- Jack Kingdon sends message after making Manchester United under-18s debut
- United fans praise Guardiola comments about Super League
- Marcus Rashford expresses discontent towards United’s Super League plans
- Manchester United Supporter’s Trust issue statement after meeting with Prime Minister
- Four benefits of United finally having a full week without a game
- Manchester United a rebel with a self-serving cause as FIFA join fight against Super League