Mason Greenwood looked very sharp at training and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his finishing resembles that of former United striker Robin van Persie but he is yet to start in the Premier League this season.
He has played in 12 of United’s 17 games this campaign which is a number that is more than Solskjaer intended, but has been forced on him by Anthony Martial’s eight-game absence with a thigh injury.
“Mason Greenwood is going to have a very big career, but sometimes it is not the right time to play him,” Solskjaer said.
“He knows why he hasn’t played as much. We’re taking our time with him.
“He’s gone up from the under-18s last year, now he’s training with the first team every day and you can’t just turn that switch on and off. You’ve got to perform every day if you are going to be accepted by a group like this.
“If he’d really stamped his authority in training every single day and been the best option he would have played every game, but as a young boy you expect ups and downs, and he’s had some downs. But I think he is on his way up again.”
Solskjaer says it was right to let experienced pair Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leave for Inter Milan to guarantee Greenwood more chances this season, even if the full benefit may not be felt for several years.
“It is the club’s philosophy – and mine – to give young players with the right attitude a chance,” said Solskjaer.
“Mason is going to have a big career but if it takes a couple of years for him to really come through, it is worth it for us.”