Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is still unsure on Mason Greenwood’s best position and is keen to find out if the Manchester United youngster is a ‘number nine or a forward’.
Greenwood burst onto the scene last season during a brilliant debut campaign in the senior side, becoming the first player in more than two decades to score 10+ Premier League goals aged 18 or under.
The academy graduate finished the season with 17 goals across all competitions, Greenwood just the fourth teenager to reach that figure in a season for the Red Devils, equalling the record held jointly by George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney.
Greenwood’s incredible shooting ability off either foot has seen him play in a number of positions during his fledgling career to date, starting most often from a position on the right but also featuring centrally on occasion.
The 19-year-old has struggled to replicate his goalscoring form this season and has netted just once in the Premier League so far this season, and Solskjaer admits he is still unsure of the forward’s best position.
Greenwood signed a new long-term contract this week committing his future to the club until 2025 and the United boss says is keen to find the role that gets the best out of the teenager’s talents.
“He could also play number 10. He was a bit shy saying that. He could play left side at a stretch. We have to give him time to find his best position.” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference.
“He’s a forward who moves really well. Sometimes you don’t want to be right in the mix with big brutal centre-backs with you. In the next year or two we have to find out if he is going to be a number nine or a forward.”
United resume their Europa League campaign tomorrow when they face Real Sociedad in the first leg of their last-32 tie, the game being played in the neutral venue of Turin due to coronavirus travel restrictions.