Solskjaer shares Man Utd’s exciting plan for Greenwood and points to star duo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United are hopeful that Mason Greenwood will kick on in the second half of the season and add something new to the club’s quest for honours.

Greenwood scored his fourth goal of the campaign in Sunday’s 3-2 FA Cup fourth round victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford, pulling United level at 1-1 in the first half.

Although blighted by injury and facing renewed competition for places at Old Trafford this season, it had been hoped that Greenwood could build on his superb haul of 17 goals in his breakthrough 2019/20 campaign.

That was always going to be a tough act for the 19-year-old to follow, but Solskjaer is confident that the teenager will prove to be a key player for United as long as he continues to progress.

“We think Mason is going be very important in second half of the season but it’s not going happen by itself,” said Solskjaer ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League clash at home to Manchester United.

Greenwood scored his fourth goal of the season against Liverpool

“He scored against West Ham and was expected to kick on.

“He’s taken steps, he’s grown, he’s mature and he’s been training with Edinson Cavani for half a season, whoever doesn’t learn from players like him, Bruno [Fernandes], that’s a pity.

“I’m very confident Mason will chip in with goals and assists.”

Greenwood’s chances of a start against the Blades have been hampered somewhat with the news that Marcus Rashford will be available for the clash with Chris Wilder’s side.

The forward limped off against Liverpool with a knee injury, but Solskjaer has confirmed it is isn’t serious.

“Marcus is available, yeah,”he said.

“He trained this morning. I think he tweaked his knee a little bit but should be fine.

“We are looking strong, which is a good place to be in.”

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