Mason Greenwood reveals Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave him striker tips when he was just SEVEN and playing with his son in the Manchester United youth team… a decade before he was handed his first-team debut by the Norwegian
- Mason Greenwood revealed the first chat he had with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
- Solskjaer gave Greenwood tips on shooting 10 years before his United debut
- Greenwood was playing with Solskjaer’s son Noah for United’s youth teams
- The Norwegian coach was doing his coaching badges with United at the time
Mason Greenwood revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was giving him striker tips as a young boy around a decade before he broke into the Manchester United first team.
Greenwood, who signed a new four-year deal at Old Trafford this week, came through the United youth team ranks and enjoyed a breakout season in senior football last season, scoring 19 goals in all competitions.
The 19-year-old has now recalled a conversation he had with Solskjaer around 10 years ago when the then-trainee coach watched his son Noah play for the United youth side.
Mason Greenwood (right) admits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) gave him tips when he was seven
Greenwood (left) was playing for United’s youth teams alongside Solskjaer’s son Noah
‘He (Solskjaer) spoke to me (when) he came and did his coaching badges at United,’ Greenwood told BT Sport.
‘I was with the Under 8s and Under 9s and I trained with his son. I couldn’t remember it but he told me about it.
‘He spoke to me about movements into the box, shooting and stuff so it was a good benefit to have him there.’
Solskjaer has previously spoken about that conversation with the very young Greenwood at The Cliff, United’s old training base.
Solskjaer (right) gave Greenwood his debut and is now a regular first-team player at United
The United boss said last season: ‘I actually do remember when I met him for the first time because my son was training at The Cliff as an eight-year-old. Mason was seven.
‘The first time I saw him he stood out and I took a picture of him and Noah together.
‘I asked him because I knew he was going be a player. It was a nice little memory when he signed his contract.’
Greenwood has found life in the United first-team a little more difficult this season with only one Premier League goal in 18 appearances this term.
Greenwood (right) admitted that Marcus Rashford (left) has been an important figure for him
The teenager reveals that having a personality in the squad like Marcus Rashford – who came through the youth ranks five years ago – is a big boost to him.
The young Englishman also paid tribute to fellow strike partner Edinson Cavani who joined the club on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and admits the Uruguayan has been giving him some advice too.
Greenwood explained: ‘Marcus, he’s done it all. Coming through the ranks like I’ve done so he knows and he’s always helped me and spoke to me and told me about the challenges and what to expect from the first-team.
Greenwood also paid tribute to United forward Edinson Cavani (right) for his advice and tips
‘With (Cavani) he doesn’t really speak the same language but you can just tell by the way he plays, the way he trains, you already knows he’s setting an example.
‘You can either watch him or not pay attention but I always pay attention (on) the way he finishes, the way he does the runs.
‘He does help me, he tells me what to do in the box sometimes and he’s probably scored around 200, 300 goals doing the same movement all the time over and over again.’
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