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Dimitar Berbatov sends warning to Manchester United starlet Greenwood

Mason Greenwood has been outstanding for Manchester United this season but in this post-lockdown period questions are being asked whether he is ready to be a regular starter.

The 18-year-old has been warned he must stay grounded at Old Trafford in order to fully develop and become a United legend.

He has shown everyone that he is well beyond his years as a goal hunter and, on Saturday, the versatile teenager took his goal tally to 15 in all competitions this season with a brace against Bournemouth.

Unless Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to switch it up for United’s trip to Aston Villa on Thursday night (8.15pm), Greenwood will start and look to add to his account for the current campaign.

Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov is a big fan of Greenwood but he has some important advice for the youngster.

“He’s proving he can be a brilliant player not just not, but also in the future,” Berbatov told Betfair. “If he continues on his current path, he’ll be one of the best players in the world.

“He’s still a long way from being as good as Ronaldo I have to add, he has a long way to go, but at the moment he’s doing it the right way and he’s in the best environment possible.

“He’s surrounded by a great manager, experienced players, and great people, all of whom will help him take the next steps. These days we rush too quickly to say a player is the next Maradona, Pele, Messi or Ronaldo, we should let him find his feet.

“Sometimes, when a young star comes through, it can worry other players who may lose their place, but I don’t think this is the case here and for me, players like Rashford have nothing to worry about, all three attacking players can complement each other as we’ve seen.

“The mix of youth and experience is good, this is all beneficial for everyone. No one should worry, they should feel joy, the competition makes you a better player, and it’s very positive for the club.

“Rashford and Greenwood can get the best out of each other in the games to come, when you have a front three of them and Martial, it is so flexible, so quick, so adaptable.

“No one has a fixed position, they can swap positions and explore the entire final third independently. You can’t try to stop this, you must let them improvise.

“It’s important for Greenwood to stay relatively level-headed right now. He obviously knows he has quality and a good environment around him, so it’s hard to be extremely humble, but it’s certainly easier to be more guarded than others might be.

“He can be as arrogant as he likes on the pitch, it will actually help him, but once the game is over you have to be respectful, and people will appreciate that and respect you more for it.”

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