Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid tribute to Mason Greenwood’s special talent after the teenager struck a superb double against Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
He has brought Greenwood’s total for the season to 15 and eight in the Premier League – making him the highest ranked player aged 18 or younger in the elite since Wayne Rooney scored nine for Everton in the season 2003-04.
Solskjaer tried to minimize comparisons to Rooney but admitted that he hadn’t seen a better finisher at that age.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Mason Greenwood is a better finisher than Wayne Rooney at 18
Solskjaer praised Greenwood after hugging home in Bournemouth
“No, I don’t think so,” said the boss of United. “I saw Wayne Rooney at the same age and Mason is a specialized finisher and a specialized goalscorer. He knows exactly what to do with the ball when he is on the field. If he shoots, he will score and he will get better.
“I don’t want to compare Mason to Wazza or Cristiano (Ronaldo), I don’t think it’s fair. The boy will create his own career and he does it his own way.
Solskjaer played alongside Rooney when he was an extremely talented youngster at United
“They’ve both had fantastic careers, and I’m sure if Mason continues to do the right things, make good decisions, he will also have a fantastic career. We always knew there was a special child there.
“He is a fantastic goal scorer and he scored for us in very important moments of the match. He has a left foot to go in, but the defenders have to worry that he can get out because he can score to his right.
“We’re just going to feed him and manage him and give him more and more minutes.”
Greenwood has shown extremely encouraging signs for Solskjaer’s team during this season
Solskjaer was pleased to see Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford reach 20 goals this season
Solskjaer also saw Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford claim their 20th goals of the season in a 5-2 victory.
“This is an important step for everyone,” he added. “The two can settle down a bit now and don’t have to pursue this next goal.
“Marcus is on the right track for his best season, Anthony the same, but there are things they know I want them to keep improving. “
Bournemouth had a good fight, but a fourth straight loss since the restart kept Eddie Howe’s team second from the bottom with five games left.
“We tried but we ended up losing five goals and it’s really hard to take,” said Howe. “I didn’t think the game was over before the fourth goal. Greenwood’s goal is a killer.
“Since the lockdown has been a huge disappointment. We had a hard time playing at the normal pace and fighting normally. It is the most difficult league in the world and if you are not at your best, you will suffer. This is where we are right now.