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Greenwood makes Man Utd trophy demand after four years without silverware

Mason Greenwood says Manchester United must end their four-year trophy drought next season.

United’s Europa League final penalty shoot-out defeat to Villarreal meant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still waiting for his first trophy since taking charge.

The last trophy United lifted was the Europa League in 2017 under former boss Jose Mourinho, when they beat Ajax 2-0 in Stockholm.

That trophy-less run represents the club’s longest stretch without silverware since 1990, when Sir Alex Ferguson’s first success as United boss – the FA Cup – ended a five-year wait.

Ahead of the new campaign, United and England striker Greenwood – who missed Euro 2020 through injury – said ending that trophy wait must be the priority for Solskjaer and his players.

Mason Greenwood is urging his club to pick up silverware

“We need to win trophies and that’s our aim at the end of the season,” said Greenwood.

“Like last season, we missed out slightly, but hopefully next season will be a lot better.”

United begin their pre-season campaign on Sunday with a visit to Derby, managed by their all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney, who bagged 253 goals in 13 years at Old Trafford.

Greenwood idolised Rooney as he came through the United youth system and said the former Reds skipper is the one player who could help him develop as a striker.

“I’d probably go with Wayne,” said Greenwood. “He’s done it all and is the leading scorer.

“I’d probably just ask him, like not how he played, because you can watch how he played, but any tips on how you can get in between defenders and how you can anticipate the game a bit more.

“Obviously, he scored hundreds and hundreds of goals for United. That would be the little question I would ask him.”

United are pushing ahead with their efforts to sign Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, but are still some way from finalising a deal.

Madrid want close to £60million for Varane, despite the France World Cup winner having one year left on his contract, while United are understood to be willing to pay £40m.

No fee has been discussed with Madrid, although discussions are ongoing with Varane’s representatives over personal terms and length of contract.

United have also been linked with a move for England and Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier, who is keen on a return to the Premier League, following spells at Burnley and Tottenham.

Trippier is in the final year of his contract with Atletico, who are under pressure to sell him to obtain a fee, but right-back is not a priority position United feel they need to address, according to sources.

United have already agreed a fee of £73m with Borussia Dortmund for England winger Jadon Sancho, with central defence – in the form of Varane – the next area they are looking to strengthen.

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