Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been discussing his handling of highly-rated teenage attacker Mason Greenwood.
There has been a massive buzz surrounding Greenwood among the Manchester United faithful, with the 18-year-old scoring prolifically at youth level over the last couple of seasons.
Beautifully two-footed and possessing a coolness in front of goal that only the best strikers have, many United fans have been upset that the youngster hasn’t featured more in the Premier League this season – especially with the Red Devils struggling badly for goals.
Instead, Solskjaer has preferred to start the talented youngster in the Carabao Cup and Europa League, where he has impressed, scoring three times in four starts.
However, Solskjaer has explained that he is very much easing the youngster into the first-team and taking the long-term view as the England youth international adjusts to the demands of senior football.
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“Mason is going to have a very good career here,” Ole told manunited.com.
“Sometimes it’s not the right time to play him, sometimes he knows why he hasn’t played as much. We’re taking our time with him.
”It’s been a difficult time with Anthony [Martial] away, but to put all that weight on his shoulders wasn’t right. I think we’re finding the right balance between playing, resting him and training him. He needs to learn the man’s game because he’s going up front.
“He was in the Under-18s last season and now he’s training with the first team every day. You can’t just turn that switch off and on, you’ve got to perform every day if you’re going to be accepted in a place like this.”
“You always get assessed on results now. But it’s the DNA of this club and it’s always been my philosophy to give young players, with the right attitude, a chance.
”If that takes a couple of years for him to really come through, it’s worth it for us. I’m managing for Manchester United, I’m not managing for me. I’m managing the way I think we can get the best out of Mason.“