Michael Owen makes Mason Greenwood England claim after youngster's first senior goal


Michael Owen has tipped Mason Greenwood to follow in his footsteps for both club and country after netting his first Man Utd goal.

Greenwood, 17, scored the only goal of the game as United saw off Astana in their opening Europa League tie.

Owen broke into the Liverpool first team side at the same age before going on to make his England debut soon after.

And he feels this is only just the start for Greenwood .

“He’ll have a part to play in the Premier League, no question,” Owen said.

“His goal record at youth level is phenomenal. In my mind he’s going to be a proper Manchester United player for a long, long time.

Greenwood scores his first United goal

“He’s doing this on a weekly basis, playing with these players. He’s desperate now to start with the big boys. They will feed him even better balls, and he’ll quickly prove he’s good enough to play in the first team already.

“It’s all a mental thing now. He’s good enough. He’ll think a bit differently to a lot of the players because he’s probably been carrying the youth team.

“As soon as he starts playing regularly for Manchester United he’ll be in the England squad.”

Greenwood has an opportunity to stake his claim at United this season, as one of just three recognised strikers in the first-team squad.

The 17-year-old wheels away in celebration

The academy graduate has already made nine appearances for the Red Devils, with five of those coming in this campaign.

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Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed him his first start of the season in the clash with Astana, and his faith was rewarded.

With the visitors looking like they would hold out for a valuable point, Greenwood showed great strength to hold off a defender before finishing low between the goalkeepers legs.

Hargreaves says “the sky is the absolute limit” for the youngster

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Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves said: “Stay fit, stay healthy, and the sky is the absolute limit for him.

“He can be anything he wants, top scorer in the Premier League one day. I’m excited to see he’s able to decide a Europa League game at 17.

“For a young player to have that composure in the box, he’s going to be a top player.”





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