Mason Greenwood struck his 11th goal of the season at the weekend in a 3-0 win over Watford.

Now he is a contender to start Manchester United’s next fixture, the Europa League second leg against Club Brugge.

Depending on which system United play, Greenwood is competing for a place with any of Odion Ighalo, Dan James, or Juan Mata.

Here is a look at why United should select Greenwood as a starter…

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He’s confident and United should use that

Towards the end of January it became obvious Greenwood needed a little break. He’s had that now and looks fresh after nearly three weeks without a game.

His performance against Watford was excellent, he created three chance and had three shots on target, with his goal an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

United need confident goalscorers on the pitch to decide this knockout game and Greenwood is a match winner.

The ideal scenario is that United can score a couple of early goals and kill the game off. To do so, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to pick the club’s best finisher.

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The Rashford factor

This week marked four years since Marcus Rashford’s famous Europa League debut against Midyjtlland.

This match will be Mason Greenwood’s first European knockout game and it is a great opportunity for the 18-year-old to add to what he has already started.

He is better prepared than Rashford was, with four goals in five games in the group stages. He will want to make an impact when it really counts now.

Greenwood missed the first leg with illness last week and this gives him a bit of an edge on Brugge in that they are not familiar with what to expect from him.

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Better game than Goodison

After starting against Watford, it is very unlikely Greenwood will be picked to start against both Club Brugge and Everton on Sunday, which would make it three in eight days.

So Solskjaer needs to choose between the Europa League match and Sunday’s game at Goodison to start the teenager.

This match could be more open at Old Trafford as Brugge need to come forward after United scored an away goal last week.

The Everton match is likely to be tighter and more physical, and new signing Odion Ighalo may be better suited to make his first start there and let Greenwood take on the Belgians.

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