Mason Greenwood claims hints at Erling Haaland’s transfer decision from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood poses with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Mason Greenwood as a natural No.9.
As the Manchester United boss continues to be linked with a move of over £ 100million for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, his belief that Greenwood has what it takes to become the attacking boss suggests that Solskjaer will look elsewhere for reinforcements this summer.

Solskjaer believes Greenwood has grown in body and spirit this season after overcoming the shame of being sent off from the England squad for breaking pandemic protocols in Iceland in September.

Greenwood is now back to his best – and his manager insisted, “Mason isn’t just a natural finisher – he’s a natural footballer.

“He’s so smooth and he’s matured so much this season.

“You can see his body has grown and he’s getting stronger.

“His consistency is improving more and more and he will start to score more goals for sure.

Greenwood celebrates goal against Spurs
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“I was really impressed and happy with his development this season.

“He went through this difficult time as a stronger person and a better player.

“Maybe in the future he can play as a central striker. I still think it’s a few years away.

“But I think we’ve found a good way to develop him and he could finish in No 9.

Greenwood, 19, has scored three goals in his last five appearances after hitting the net just four times in his previous 38 outings.

Solskjaer believes the Yorkshireman still has his work cut out for him before he can physically mix him up with center-backs.

But he believes Greenwood has benefited immensely from how veteran Edinson Cavani still turns out to be a handful at the age of 34.

Solskjaer has full confidence in the left-handed striker
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Solskjaer said: “Being a center forward in the Premier League is probably the most difficult position to play.

“For the moment, I think Mason is better suited to play this great role, to drop in the pockets, to find space and to run behind.

“I don’t want him to be back to goal and have two central defenders at the back.

“Playing with Edinson Cavani was a great example. Edi leads by example even though the language barrier made it a bit difficult.

“But Mason and Edi have forged a very good relationship.

“I can see that Edi really appreciates Mason’s talent, his thirst and his willingness to learn.

“And at Edinson Cavani, he’s learning from one of the best.

“It’s like when I talk about having Sir Alex Ferguson as my manager.

“If I couldn’t learn from him, there was no point in getting into management.

“If Mason, Marcus (Rashford) and Anthony (Martial) can’t learn from Edinson, they can’t learn from anyone. “

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