OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has piled praise on Mason Greenwood after he used his time in lockdown to pack on some muscle.
The young striker, 18, was already a favourite of the Manchester United boss – having scored 12 times in just 16 starts this season.
But Greenwood was clearly keen to make the most of his time in lockdown, returning looking “more like a man”, according to his boss.
Solskjaer said: “Mason is a young boy. He’s still 18 and this lockdown period has done him all the good in the world.
“At his age, they do develop and fill out and Mason’s looking more and more like a man, so definitely it will help him.
“Sometimes early on you could see he was a kid.
“Now in training he can use his strength better and he has done really well over the three or four weeks we have been training now.
“And his quality in front of goal has always been there and now he has muscle to push defenders away.”
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Solskjaer continued: “I am not sure it was deliberate but the fitness coaches have worked really well with him.
“He has got the rest and recovery period after for him what must have been an intense first full season with the first team.
“He is looking good.”
Greenwood may have to wait for his chances in the first team, though – with Man Utd returning to action with a trip to Tottenham on Friday night.
Marcus Rashford is fit and firing after a double stress fracture in his back, while Odion Ighalo has extended his loan stay.
But Solskjaer has suggested Greenwood will still be able to muscle his way into the first-team at some stage.
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The Man Utd chief said: “I am looking forward to seeing more of Mason, he will score more goals.
“He has filled out over the lockdown period and his performances in training have been great as well.
“So I am sure he will have an impact on the rest of the season.”
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