Mason Greenwood boosts Manchester United’s Champions League hopes with stunning double

The 18-year-old, widely regarded as one of the most exciting prospects for the emergence of the United Academy in recent years, continued his brilliant form after restarting the Premier League to bring his total goals to 15 in all competitions of the current season.

It is the first time a teenager has scored 15 goals in a season for Manchester United since Wayne Rooney reached the mark in 2004-05.

Greenwood outdid his more experienced teammates to win the Man of the Match award against Bournemouth – just rewards for a brilliant all-round performance.

What makes the youngster such a devastating threat is how comfortable he is to attack from either side, as evidenced by his softly hitting goals with either foot against Bournemouth.

Greenwood’s double means that he now has eight goals and an assist in just seven Premier League starts this season.

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Mason Greenwood celebrates after scoring his second goal against Bournemouth.
“I saw Wayne Rooney at the same age and Mason is a specialized finisher and a specialized goalscorer,” manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær told reporters after the match.

“He knows exactly what to do with the ball when he is on the field. If he shoots, he will score. He will improve and his overall game has improved.

“I don’t want to compare with Wazza [Rooney] or [Cristiano] Ronaldo, I don’t think it’s fair. The boy will create his own career by doing it his own way, I’m sure Mason will also have a fantastic career. “

The Portuguese maestro

Despite being robbed of the spotlight on Saturday, United’s last recruit Bruno Fernandes continued his brilliant start to life at Old Trafford with another goal and an assist.

The Portuguese star scored Greenwood’s first goal, before taking a superb free kick in the second period to take his total number of goals and help in 10 in his first nine games in the Premier League.

Only Eric Cantona and Robin van Persie have reached this total so quickly in the history of Manchester United. It was a performance well done for Fernandes after being named Club Player of the Month before kick-off.

Despite the delay of the team at the start of Junior Stanislas’ strike, Solskjær will be delighted with the performance of his team.

Bruno Fernandes scores with a brilliant free kick in the lower corner.

Marcus Rashford’s penalty and Anthony Martial’s wonderful curling kick in the upper corner gave the home side a decisive lead before half time.

There was another scare when Josh King’s penalty kick at the start of the second half brought the score down to 3-2, but United rallied well for the second time to back off, thanks to Greenwood and Fernandes.

The victory places Manchester United in the top four, but Chelsea could regain the position with a victory in their match in hand against the modest Watford later on Saturday.


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