Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he has been ‘impressed’ by the performances of Manchester United’s forwards in recent weeks, though admitted Mason Greenwood isn’t ready to be called into the senior England squad for this summer’s European Championships.
Greenwood has starred for Manchester United in recent weeks and scored his ninth goal of the season in all competitions against Norwich this weekend, the 18-year-old emerging as one of the brightest prospects in the country.
Harry Kane’s extended period on the sidelines with a hamstring injury has brought about discussions of who could potentially replace the Spurs striker with the international setup, with some suggesting Greenwood could be included in the senior England side in the coming months.
However, while Solskjaer has backed the forward to have a ‘long’ career at the top, the Norwegian moved to keep Greenwood grounded for the time being, suggesting an England call-up is too soon.
“I think Mason [Greenwood] will have a top and long career,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference ahead of the club’s FA Cup third-round replay with Wolves tomorrow.
Mason Greenwood has now scored 4 league goals this season, Jadon Sancho is the only teenager across Europe’s top five leagues to score more.
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“Let the boy settle in now first before we talk about England and the Euros, his focus has to be on playing more for us, improving and when he plays more for us that’ll happen by itself.
“He’s just been picked for the Under-21s so he’s focusing on his football.”
One player almost certain to be included in the squad for this summer’s European Championships is Marcus Rashford, the forward scoring twice in the win over the Canaries to take his tally to 14 Premier League goals for the season.
The 22-year-old has been much improved in front of goal this season, whilst fellow forward Anthony Martial was also on target last weekend, the club’s attacking options finding their form this season.
“I don’t want credit, they’re working hard to improve their game, all done well.” Solskjaer added.
“Mason’s in his first season, so to have nine goals in not 20 appearances is fantastic. Marcus [Rashford] is growing and improving all the time and Anthony [Martial] has missed eight weeks. I’m impressed by them, working well, on finishing patterns, we want consistency and we’ll see more and more of them.”