Jamie Redknapp has lavished praise on Mason Greenwood following his recent form for Manchester United.
The 18-year-old netted a brace in Manchester United’s 5-2 win over Bournemouth on Saturday as they continued their pursuit for a Champions League spot in the Premier League standings.
Greenwood has 15 goals and two assists to his name in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side so far this season. It finally looks like he’s edging towards a starting place in the team and I think he’ll keep his place on the right flank between now and the end of the season at least.
Former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp has admitted that he has been impressed by what he has seen from the young forward of late. The footballer turned pundit believes Greenwood’s future could be as a number nine.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Redknapp said: “A couple of years ago I spoke to Nicky Butt, who is now United’s head of first-team development, and I asked him whether they had any promising kids coming through.
“He said: ‘Wait for this kid, Mason Greenwood.’ We waited, and now we’re seeing what he can do.
“Full credit to the boy, too. To be tipped as a special talent is one thing. To go and prove it in the Premier League is another.
“He refuses to be daunted, and the way he can use both feet is serving him well. Right now, he’s being used on the right by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Personally, I see his future as a number nine. But Greenwood won’t care where he is playing.
“Thierry Henry is the greatest we’ve seen in the Premier League. He started his career on the left wing but even when he was the striker at Arsenal, he didn’t stay central.
“He’d drift and find space, searching for weakness in opponents. Greenwood can learn from his time on the wing, too.”
Next up for Solskjaer and his men is a trip to Aston Villa on Thursday night.
United are very munch in the mix for a place in the top three four — five points adrift of Chelsea in third and four behind fourth-placed Leicester City, who dropped points in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal last night.
Then it’s two games against Southampton and Crystal Palace. All winnable, surely?