Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Mason Greenwood is capable of playing as a No. 10.
The Englishman was a revelation for Man Utd last term, having scored 17 goals in all competitions in his breakout season.
Despite a slow start to his second campaign, the Red Devils extended his contract this week. The new deal that runs until 2025 is testament to the belief the coaches at Carrington have on the academy graduate’s ability.
After securing the youngster’s long-term future, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now tasked with getting the most out of his potential. In that regard, nailing a final position for Greenwood in this lineup would be a smart move from the gaffer.
Ahead of Man Utd’s Europa League clash against Real Sociedad, the 19-year-old insisted he ‘could play anywhere across the front three’.
After plying his trade as a striker during his time with the youth sides, and in the right-wing in the majority of his first-team appearances, the England international has already shown he’s comfortable across the frontline.
Further, in the same press conference, Solskjaer went on to reveal the highly-rated talent is even more versatile than he claims.
“Mason was a bit shy there because he can play No.10, as well as a shadow striker,” the Norwegian said. “He can play right, centre forward, 10 and, at a stretch, maybe on the left. We just have to give him time to find his final position.
“He’s a forward who moves really well along the line at the moment at his age and at his development. Physically, sometimes you don’t want to be right up in the mix and in the middle with the big brutal centre-backs next to you. So I think we’ve found that he can play both really.”
For now, Bruno Fernandes is doing just fine as a No. 10 and Greenwood’s services won’t be needed there, but considering Anthony Martial’s form, Solskjaer could try using him in the middle more often.
Interestingly, although Man Utd are regularly linked with Erling Haaland, they might already have an equally prolific No. 9 in their ranks in Greenwood.