Mason Greenwood tipped for ‘bright’ Man Utd future amid centre-forward maturity

Mason Greenwood will be a success at Manchester United for years to come – because he is a ‘proper’ centre-forward.

That is according to former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Peter Crouch, who hailed the teenager after he scored in United’s 3-0 home win over Watford on Sunday.

Greenwood has risen to prominence this season for the Red Devils, scoring 11 goals in four different competitions.

The 18-year-old has featured heavily in the first-team because of injuries to the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

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And he has taken his chance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with many fans believing he is the real deal after seeing him play up close.

Indeed, Solskjaer himself has previously claimed the youngster is one of the best finishers he has ever seen.

And his goal on Sunday was typical of a clinical striker as he curled his effort into the roof of the net, giving Ben Foster no chance.

But Crouch reckons his other attributes will serve him well in the future and are what make him a proper centre-forward.

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“What I like about him is he is an old head on young shoulders already,” he said on Match of the Day 2.

“He can pick a pass but you can tell he wants to be on the end of things and be a proper centre-forward.

“He can go both ways which is important and he always seems to get his shot on target.

“I think he deserved his goal today and what a finish it was.

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“He has probably played a little more than he expected to this year but what a talent he is.”

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards agreed with Crouch and claimed Greenwood would be tough to play against.

“I wouldn’t like to play against him because he is two-footed and you don’t know what he is going to do next,” he added.

“He can take penalties with either foot and he strikes the ball so clean and he has got a bright future.”

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