Solskjaer believes Greenwood can have a fantastic career like Rooney

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Manchester United boss Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has tipped Mason Greenwood to be a star and succeed like the legendary Wayne Rooney.

Speaking to reporters after the 5-2 demolition of Bournemouth, the Norwegian said: “I’ve seen Wayne Rooney at the same age and Mason is a specialist finisher and specialist goalscorer.

“He knows exactly what to do with the ball when he’s on the pitch. If he shoots he will score, and he is going to get better. I don’t want to compare Mason to Wazza or Cristiano (Ronaldo), I don’t think that’s fair. The boy will create his own career and he is doing it his own way.

“They’ve had fantastic careers, both of them, and I’m sure if Mason keeps on doing the right things, making good decisions, he will have a fantastic career as well. We’ve always known that there’s a special kid there.

“He’s a fantastic goal scorer and he scored for us in very important moments of the game. He’s got a left foot to come inside, but defenders have to worry about him going outside as he can score on his right.

“We will just nurture him and manage himself and give him more and more minutes.”

Greenwood scored two stunning goals with both his feet, to help us beat Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. His tally is now 15 across all competitions, which makes him the only teenager after Rooney (17), to score that much in the history of the league.