Former Manchester United goalscoring legend Andy Cole has warned his old club of expecting too much from Mason Greenwood in his early career, though described his finishing as ‘a joke’.
The academy graduate always looked liked getting chances for Manchester United this season following the clubs decision not to replace Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer, though Greenwood is likely to be handed a start against Arsenal at the weekend following injuries to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
The 17-year-old has been a bright spark in an otherwise dull start to the season for United fans, with the two-footed striker netting a right-footed winner against Astana last week, before following it up with a left-footed strike against Rochdale in midweek.
Now the Bradford born youngster is set to lead the line in one of the most high profile Premier League games of the season as United host the Gunners on Monday night, but former United hitman Andy Cole has warned against putting him under ‘too much undue pressure’.
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“He’s got a chance, he has got a chance,” Cole told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“His finishing is a joke. Left or right foot, he’s got quality in abundance.
“I just hope they don’t, which Manchester United won’t do anyway, they won’t put too much undue pressure on him. He’s got great ability.
“The disappointing thing is he’s going to have to get thrown into the deep end a little bit earlier than they would have liked, due to injuries, due to them being prepared to allow [Romelu] Lukaku and [Alexis] Sanchez go.
“They’re looking at it and saying ‘we’ve got Mason, we’re going to give Marcus [Rashford] the opportunity to play centre-forward.”