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Solskjaer impressed with ‘quality’ Greenwood and reacts to Chelsea draw

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has once again been moved to praise Mason Greenwood after the youngster netted his second professional goal in as many games for Manchester United.

The 17-year-old is one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Manchester United‘s famous academy in a number of years, and opened his goalscoring account for the club in the 1-0 win over FC Astana last week.

He missed United’s 2-0 loss to West Ham at the weekend through tonsillitis, but with Marcus Rashford joining Anthony Martial on the treatment table, Greenwood was once again given the chance to lead the attack in the Carabao Cup game against Rochdale on Wednesday evening.

The youngster didn’t disappoint, scoring a left-footed strike midway through the second-half, before netting a penalty in the shootout with his right

Speaking after the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who has previously described him as the most natural finisher he has ever seen – deduced that he is a nightmarish figure for defenders to play against the “quality”, two-footed teenager.

“He’s got two great feet, [he took the penalty] with his right,” he told MUTV.

“It must be a nightmare for defenders having him one-on-one in the box. As you say, he can go both ways, which is, for me, fantastic. You can just see he’s got quality and he’ll get his share of games but he’s young.

“We’ll allow him to grow slowly but surely.”

The win set up a mouth-watering fourth-round tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at the end of October, though the game means that the Red Devils will play Partizan Belgrade, Norwich City, the Blues and Bournemouth, all away from home, in the space of nine days.

Speaking about the draw, Solskjaer was unfazed about being paired with Frank Lampard’s side or the amount of travelling his side will have to do next month.

“If you want to win it, you have to beat the best,” he added. “We played [Chelsea] in the first game of the season this year, we played them in the FA Cup last year. And it slots nicely into a couple of weeks with lots of travelling.

“That’s how it is. We’ve got to make the best out of it, and I’m sure we will because that’s the type of group this is and that’s the type of club we are. We’re going to relish it and look forward to it.”

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