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Owen: Man Utd 'going in the right direction', with Greenwood potentially the ‘next Wayne Rooney’

Michael Owen believes Mason Greenwood could be Manchester United’s ‘next Wayne Rooney’, believing the club are heading in ‘the right direction’ under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Greenwood has made a huge impression since being handed a first-team opportunity by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far this season, the teenager having been tipped for a huge future after scoring 12 goals in all competitions so far.

The 18-year-old’s performances have drawn comparisons to former striker Robin van Persie, and Owen believes Greenwood has the potential to fill a notable void in the Manchester United attack for years to come, just as Wayne Rooney did following his move from Everton in 2004.

“I still think that Manchester United could do with – I know it’s impossible but if they could find that next Wayne Rooney, that next 19, 20, 21-year-old who was going to be there for the next 10 years,” Owen told Premier League productions, as per Goal.

“They’ve almost been getting by with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, getting by with [Odion] Ighalo.

“These players are very good but coming to the end of their career but they probably need to find that one like a Rooney, right at the start of his career that’s going to carry them forward.

“Can it be Mason Greenwood? It might be that they use these types of players while he grows with them.

“It’s all fascinating at the moment at Manchester United, a real, interesting puzzle to solve. But I do think they’re going in the right direction.”

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