Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a struggling Manchester United squad play beautiful attacking football again, but it remains to be seen whether he can alter the fortunes of a misfiring Romelu Lukaku as well.
Either way, if the Belgian continues his issues in front of goal, the Norwegian could very well dip into the club’s youth academy, having already confirmed those intentions in a recent interview.
“As Sir Matt once said, if they’re good enough their old enough,” Solskjaer stated in his press conference last week. “We are built on that tradition, we need young players coming through.
“It’s important for the academy, and the players in the academy knowing that, yes, I am looking to progress players through. We’ve got two or three absolutely top, top talents in the Under-18s that [are] knocking on the door now, I’ve got to say.
“But for a couple of injuries and a little bit of fatigue they probably would’ve been involved [in the first team], because we’ve had quite a few injured players and then they’re ready to step up.”
One of the youngsters mentioned by Ole happens to be Mason Greenwood, who has been in incredible form for Manchester United‘s youth side.
The 17-year-old striker has already bagged 23 goals in all competitions so far this season, and with the way he has been playing, his senior debut doesn’t look too far away.
In fact, a compilation of the goals Greenwood has scored thus far led almost all the Manchester United fans to liken him with a young Robin van Persie, as both players share impeccable technical ability and a lethal left foot.
Here’s the video and the reactions to it on social networking website, Twitter:
— Man Utd Videos ⚽️🎦 (@ManUtdVines) December 28, 2018
Reminds me of a young Robin Van Persie.
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) December 28, 2018
This kid will conquer Europe Very soon. He Reminds me of Robin Van Persie. Technical Speed and Clinical.
— Andrew✌🇬🇭 (@Andrey_Cron) December 28, 2018
World class talent.
— James 🔰 (@mufcszn) December 28, 2018
He plays like RVP
— WALE ✌ (@_Walzy_) December 28, 2018
Van Persie in the making
— MUFC (@MUFCT4LK) December 28, 2018
Should replace lukaku
— Ceo Fakomaster (@ayolabi247) December 28, 2018
We’ve got a real gem here. Shades of RVP
— united🔴 (@p_kimotho) December 28, 2018
Can’t tell if he’s left or right footed 😅
— VivaEdWoodward (@VivaEdWoodward) December 28, 2018
The left foot reminds me of RVP
— Setelekoane Stats (@StatStkt) December 28, 2018
Reminds me of prime Van Persie
— Shashank 🇮🇳 (@RashfordKing) December 28, 2018