Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged striking sensation Mason Greenwood to play with ‘a pair of plums’ in Sunday’s Champions League clash in Leicester.
Greenwood has already scored 18 goals this season as Manchester United pursue a top-four spot in the Premier League.
The Reds will advance to the Champions League by avoiding defeat at King Power on Sunday afternoon.
Mason Greenwood, 18, has already scored 18 goals for Manchester United this season
However, if the Reds lose and Chelsea avoid defeat to Wolves, Solskjaer’s men will miss out.
Despite the high stakes, Solskjaer is ready to trust 18-year-old Greenwood who propelled Manchester United to third place with their midweek tie against West Ham.
He told the Daily Mirror: “Mason has shown that your temper and mental preparation – the way you approach the game – is vital.
Greenwood took United to third place with their midweek tie against West Ham
And when you’re Brandon Williams, when you’re Mason – when you’re one of the young kids that’s been through this academy – they’re not afraid.
“They know what we expect from our players.
“We want them to express their talents, we want them to take risks, we want them to play with… a pair of plums, to put it that way.
“We just trust them to do it, we have great camaraderie in the team, the bonds are good and they are ready.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer trusts his players to deliver at Leicester on Sunday
“We gave ourselves a fantastic chance and have 90 minutes to get a result. If you want to be a part of Manchester United you have to get used to playing the last game of the season like a winner or bust.
“The link is good, but they are ready. Hopefully we can make it to the cup final in the years to come and it’s a game to live and learn – and hopefully get a result.
“We’re trying to build a team that can win trophies, scare teams and play fearlessly ourselves – because the DNA of this club is to go and attack teams.