Manchester United prodigy Mason Greenwood scored his first goal for the club during a 4-0 win over Leeds in pre-season on Wednesday, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed the teenager for big things.
The 17-year-old, who made his senior debut in March against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, opened the scoring in Perth as he arrived in the box to slot home an Aaron Wan-Bissaka cross.
Greenwood would impress throughout the entire first 45 minutes before being replaced at half-time alongside the entire Red Devils lineup.
“It’s important for strikers to get that goal, even though we always have said and we know that he’s capable of scoring goals, so that first goal is going to be a weight off his shoulders,” Solskjaer told reporters.
“I think his movement and his cleverness, he’s going to be a very good player the young boy. He can play all the front three positions; front four really…he’s a natural footballer.
Asked if the young attacker could possibly start against Chelsea on August 11, the Red Devils manager suggested he is in with a shot should he continue performing strongly in pre-season.
“He’s got a chance to start that one, definitely,” Solskjaer said. “He’s capable, more than capable and he’ll always be there in around the box creating chances.”