Former Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand recently revealed on his Youtube channel that United’s rising star Mason Greenwood reminds him of clu legend Wayne Rooney. He discussed how the youngster is working on his physique and also talked about his improved performance as seen in Manchester United’s opening game of Premier League 2021-22 against Leeds United.
What Ferdinand said about Mason Greenwood
Talking about the similarities between Rooney and Mason Greenwood, Ferdinands said: “Wayne Rooney when he came into the first team was a man already. You can see with Mason Greenwood he has built into that frame of being a first team player and at the weekend, he was one of the stand-out players.”
“I saw some of the stuff in that game where I know some of the coaches and people behind the scenes at Manchester United are saying this isn’t a surprise, it has just been waiting to happen in the first team and his body is catching up. He knows what he needs to do. Some of the movement, the ball retention, shrugging people off and the finish was a joke.’
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It is seemingly evident that Mason Greenwood will play a more important role than last year in the current United squad. Manchester United’s main striker Edinson Cavani had a terrific spell last season but he is 33-years old now and it will not be possible for him to feature in every match for a full 90 minutes. That is when Mason Greenwood comes into play. The 19 year old will be a perfect alternative to complement Edinson Cavani in the playing XI and if the Uruguayan striker moves out of the club next summer, Greenwood can then step into his shoes.
Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was also full of praise for Mason Greenwood after their match against Leeds United. He said, “He’s turned into a man. He’s filling out, he’s stronger. His stride is stronger – you know, when he ran away from the defender and scored his goal, it was a joy to see.”