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Mason Greenwood a ‘once every decade’ player, says Man Utd teammate Scott McTominay

By Ben Green

Published: 13:24, 20 April 2021 | Updated: 13:07, 19 September 2022

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has dubbed teammate and teenage sensation Mason Greenwood a ‘once every 10 year’ player, backing the talented tyro to kick on and reach the very top.

Greenwood, 19, enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2019/20, in which the academy graduate netted 17 goals across all competitions, including 10 in the Premier League and five in continental football, becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in European competition as a result.

His prolific form culminated in recognition at international level, with Gareth Southgate handing the wunderkind an England cap in a Nations League showdown against Iceland in September, and many are now backing him to make the Three Lions squad for this summer’s Euros.

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After a somewhat jittery start to this season, Greenwood has since hit form again, netting four goals in the past three games, including a brace in the most recent 3-1 win over Burnley, and McTominay couldn’t hide his appreciation towards the burgeoning forward.

“He’s a talent that comes along probably every 10 years,” McTominay told the club’s official website. “But I’d probably say longer, he’s that good, the way he finishes, the way he moves.

“It’s brilliant to see him play with a smile on his face, that’s the way we all know Mason. Now he’s starting to score more and more goals which is really good for us.

“For the senior lads, it’s keeping his head down and focused every single game and in training, not letting him get distracted by other things that are going on.

“It’s important that he really kicks on now and he is doing because he’s got a brilliant manager there to really push him.”

Solskjaer: Greenwood adding “another dimension to his game”

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently hailed the versatility of Greenwood’s attacking repertoire, with the teenager scoring a diving header to seal all three points against Brighton earlier this month.

It was a scrappy winner considering Paul Pogba miscued his initial strike to tee up Greenwood, but his manager was chuffed with the end result, saying in the immediate aftermath: “Yeah, definitely, and I’m so happy for him.

“I’m pleased with his overall performance again very good. He was bright, tidy, clean on the ball, hit the post and one that went over the bar, maybe deflected, in the second half.

“When he gets those goals, we know that he’s going to add another dimension to his game. I’m very, very pleased.”

And it’s not just goals that are adding to the growing wonderment of Greenwood’s reputation, with the fledgling forward also impressing with his dribbling and playmaker skills, creating five big chances in the Premier League this season, the most of any teenager.