Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested he will sign a striker this summer after insisting Mason Greenwood is ‘years away’ from playing centre forward for the club.
The teenager struck an incredible 17 goals last term and though he hasn’t maintained that goalscoring form this season, his tally of seven has been accompanied with an overall improvement in Greenwood’s play.
The 19-year-old came through United’s academy as an out-and-out centre forward but he’s mainly been deployed from the right flank this term, with Solskjaer keen to keep the teenager away from the more physical task of leading the line.
With Edinson Cavani likely to leave Old Trafford this summer, many felt Greenwood would move into a more central position given United’s interest in Jadon Sancho.
But Solskjaer says the teenager is not ready to lead the line for the club and he’s hinted he’ll sign a new striker by revealing Greenwood is ‘years away’ from playing centrally.
‘Mason isn’t just a natural finisher – he’s a natural footballer,’ said Solskjaer.
‘He is so smooth and he’s matured so much this season,” said Solskjaer.
‘You can see his body has developed and he’s getting stronger. His consistency is getting better and better and he will start scoring more goals, that’s for sure.
‘I have been really impressed and happy with his development this season. He’s come through that difficult patch as a stronger person and a better player
‘Maybe in the future he can play as a central striker, but I still think that’s a few years away.
‘Being a centre-forward in the Premier League is probably the hardest position to play.
‘At the moment, I think Mason is more suited to playing that wide role, dropping into pockets, finding space and running in behind.
‘I don’t want him with his back to goal and having two centre-backs up his backside. I think we have found a good way to develop him, but he might end up as a No 9.