The rise of Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood has not gone unnoticed and United legend Rio Ferdinand is a huge fan of the emerging star.
A reported loan for the youngster in order to aid his development has been suggested and mooted, but Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided against it.
Instead, the Norwegian is ready to give the youngster the chance to win a place in the first team and sees it as a no-brainer.
The Academy player has been excellent with the club’s junior sides, and has also carried his brilliant form into preseason, scoring recently against Inter Milan to the delight of United’s coaches, the players and the fans. Mason has drawn huge adulation for his attitude, performance and contribution and is seen as a star of the future.
Rio Ferdinand via social media kicked against the youngster going out on loan when he commented on Greenwood’s Instagram post:
Ferdinand said: “The way [scoring goals] to let the management know you are ready for games this season – loan…. naaaaaaah!!”
Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Solskjaer has confirmed Greenwood won’t leave the club on loan.
“Mason has never been on my mind to send out on loan,” said Solskjaer. “He’s one we have to keep at our place. It’s good for him and at the moment he’s fine. He reminds me a little bit of the Giggsy story – you can’t send him on loan and he’s ready to be in this squad.
“The kid’s only 17 and he’s learning every day training with these boys. He’s been with us the last few months, he’s grown in confidence and he’s grown in stature.
“I said before when you’ve got players who perform it’s difficult to keep them out. But we’ve got to keep our feet on the ground with him, he’s only 17. There will be ups and downs but he’s enjoying his football.”