July 3, 2020 / 11:47 AM / a month ago

'Brilliant boy' Greenwood will only get better, says Solskjaer

(Reuters) - Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the sky is the limit for teenage forward Mason Greenwood, who is enjoying a breakthrough season at Old Trafford.

Greenwood, 18, scored his 13th goal of the campaign in all competitions against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday, before delivering an inch-perfect cross for Bruno Fernandes to volley home United’s third in a 3-0 win at the Amex Stadium.

“He could still play in the FA Youth Cup team. So he’s a young boy and we have to look after him,” Solskjaer told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League visit of Bournemouth.

“But from the bench or when he starts he is performing. He’s developed fantastically this season so the sky is the limit.

“It’s up to him. He knows what he can do, should do and must do to keep on playing (and getting chances).”

Solskjaer said Greenwood has the potential to thrive at the highest level and claimed that the teenager is a more rounded player than him at the same age.

“He’s a brilliant boy to work with. He keeps on learning, keeps on making better and better decisions,” the United boss added.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United - The American Express Community Stadium, Brighton, Britain - June 30, 2020 Manchester United's Mason Greenwood celebrates scoring their first goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Mike Hewitt/Pool via REUTERS

United, fifth in the league, are unbeaten in 15 matches across all competitions, but Solskjaer warned his players cannot take their foot off the gas against 19th-placed Bournemouth, who are battling to stay in the top flight.

“It’s not an easy game, what anyone else thinks doesn’t matter, we’ll have to perform,” Solskjaer said.

“Where they are is not a nice place to be in but they are one of the best teams in the league on set pieces. We know we have to stop quite a few things with them.”

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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