Solskjaer compares Mason Greenwood's header to Edinson Cavani’s goal

Manchester United manager believes the young English striker is learning from the veteran Uruguayan forward

Mason Greenwood celebrates his goal against Burnley; Credit: Manchester United Twitter
By Karthik Raman | Apr 6, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Manchester United found the going difficult against a resilient Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday in the Premier League. After going behind in the first half, the Red Devils had to stage a comeback to get all three points. In the end, it was Mason Greenwood’s match-winning header that proved the difference. After the match, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expressed his delight over Greenwood scoring the instinctively headed goal.

“He’s really matured and come on. Today as well, taking the ball well, taking people on, he hits the post and one is just over the bar,” Solskjaer had said in a post-match press conference. “If he keeps learning and improving he’ll score loads of goals. We know that. He’s a lethal finisher, but if he scores these type of goals that’ll add another dimension to his game.”

The last league goal scored by Mason was at the beginning of December. The manager, however, is not bothered with the obsession over stats in today’s world.  “The world nowadays is so into stats, goals, assists and this and that, but the boy has played fantastic in the last two or three months,” Solskjaer added.

The Norwegian coach is more than pleased to see the young English striker learning from the veteran Uruguayan forward Cavani. Ole went as far as to compare Greenwood’s goal to a match-winning header by Cavani in the 3-2 comeback win against Southampton earlier this season.

“I’m very pleased for him to get the winner in the way he did, learning from Edinson, for example,” Solskjaer added. “He [Cavani] is one of those strikers and it reminded me of one of his goals he scored against Southampton.”

Fernandes’ message for Greenwood

Manchester United’s star attacker Bruno Fernandes has offered some valuable advice to the young English striker. “Everyone has to know that Mason is a young player and now everyone is starting to know how Mason is, it will become more and more difficult for him,” Fernandes told MUTV.

“It is normal. It is part of the development for him and he will learn from here so it doesn’t matter how many goals he scores; the most important thing for us is that he still helps the team and he is doing his best.”

The Portuguese attacking midfielder has also identified the key areas Greenwood needs to focus at this point in time. “It is important for us as a team, it doesn’t matter who scores. If Mason scores for us or not, it is important if he can do other jobs, recover balls, pressing, defend when we need it, make assists, create danger,” he added.

“So it is not important for him to score. He has to understand, he is such a young lad. Of course, every striker wants to score but, anyway, he will score more and more goals as the seasons pass.”

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