OLE SOLSKJAER has challenged Mason Greenwood to show why he rates him as one of the best finishers he has ever seen.

The 17-year-old will get only his second start in a Manchester United shirt when they begin their Europa League campaign at home to Astana.

And United boss Solskjaer said: “Mason's one of the best finishers I've seen and I've played with a few decent ones

“He's still very young but has matured in the last six months since I came in.

“I remember the kid who just wanted to play with his mates in the under 18s and now he's knocking on the door and ready to play in these games.

“I just don't want to put too much pressure on him.

“I want him him to go out there, enjoy himself, work hard and close down because when he has the ball at his feet I know he is going to score anyway and make the right finish.

“There'll be 11 Astana players living the dream tomorrow, one of the biggest games of their careers but I want it to be a memorable one for our players as well.”


Greenwood has come on in each of United’s opening five games this season having impressed in pre-season.

In Perth he scored in the 4-0 hammering of Leeds United and then got the only goal of the game against Inter Milan in Singapore.

That came after a season when he scored 30 goals in 29 games for the Academy teams.

Now Solskjaer is confident he can step up to the plate in Europe and domestically for the Red Devils.

Greenwood will become the second youngest player in United’s history to play in Europe.

He will not be the only Academy product on show at Old Trafford against the side from Khazakhstan however.

Tahith Chong 19 came on as a substitute on the right flank in the weekend win over Leicester.

James Garner 18, and Angel Gomes, 19, could also find places in midfield.

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