Mason Greenwood compared to Ryan Giggs after beating Inter Milan
Mason Greenwood will get the Ryan Giggs treatment at Manchester United, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Every aspect of Giggs’s development was carefully managed by Sir Alex Ferguson during the former Wales winger’s emergence as one of the most exciting talents United had produced.
Ferguson shielded Giggs from media intrusion and kept a careful watch on him both on and off the field and Solskjaer intends to keep a close eye on Greenwood.
The 17-year-old striker took full advantage of Romelu Lukaku’s continued absence to score United’s only goal in their impressive 1-0 win over Inter Milan in Singapore on Saturday, three days after claiming his first senior goal in the 4-0 victory over Leeds United in Perth. Cutting inside Joao Mario with his right, Greenwood rifled a sublime left-foot finish into the far corner.
Solskjaer has ruled out the prospect of Greenwood leaving on loan before the close of the transfer window on Aug 8 and has said the youngster has every chance of starting United’s opening Premier League game against Chelsea at Old Trafford three days later.
“Mason's never been on my mind to send out on loan, he's one that we have to keep at our place, keep him playing when we feel it's good for him and at the moment he's flying,” the United manager said.
“He reminds me a little bit of the Giggsy story, you can’t really send him on loan and for me he's ready to be in this squad.
“The kid's only 17 and he's learning every day, training with these boys, he's been with us the last few months and he’s grown in confidence, he’s grown in stature.
“I said before when you've got players who perform it’s difficult to keep them out. But we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground with him, know that he's only 17 and there will be ups and downs but he’s enjoying his football.”