Manchester United beat AZ Alkmaar 4-0 on Thursday evening to finish top of our Europa League. Mason Greenwood scored twice on the night, taking his tally to six goals this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who knows a thing or two about scoring, has sung the praises of his young striker. The fact Greenwood is scoring so regularly has drawn some comparisons with Wayne Rooney, but Robin van Persie’s style is much more in line with what we see from Greenwood.
He’s different class as a finisher. I have to say, whenever he is in and around the box, you expect him to get a shot off and on target, because he’s so precise in his finishing. He’s good at the way he creates space for himself, either right foot or left foot, it doesn’t matter. So, I’m very pleased with his performance.
Does he remind me of Rooney? No, he’s a different type of player, Mason, to Wazza. But he must have enjoyed tonight. The thing with Mason is, he’s just going to look forward to Sunday now. He’s not going to rest on his laurels or think about this. It’s just natural for him to score goals. It doesn’t matter which level you are at.
The first half was dull and we went in a 0-0, before Solskjaer instructed the players to “be more Man United”.
Just to be more us, be more Man United. I know it’s difficult for players when we put out a team that hasn’t played together, but in the second half we found the rhythm and more passes forward, runs forward. [We were more] decisive with more pressing, and we got some great goals out of it.