Maguire urges Greenwood to knuckle down

Manchester United
Mason Greenwood

Harry Maguire believes Manchester United team-mate Mason Greenwood has the world at his feet but insists he must work hard.

Greenwood graduated from United’s academy to make his senior debut in the Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain in March 2019.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the one to promote him from the youth set up and the Norwegian has continued to show faith in the highly-rated teenager.

The 18-year-old made three outings in the Premier League last term, starting once, and has added a further 19 appearances across all competitions this season.

After scoring seven times in 2019-20 he is giving Solskjaer a serious selection headache as he pushes for a spot in the starting XI.

His emergence has similarities to the way Rashford, another academy product, broke on to the scene in 2015-16.

Greenwood’s latest strike came on Sunday after he was called off the bench to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.

It looks like he will have a bigger role to play in the second half of the term with many United fans calling for him to be utilised and Maguire can understand why.

Maguire joined from Leicester over the summer and has been impressed with what he has seen from the England Under-21 international.

The centre-back has hailed his ability but has warned Greenwood not to “get carried away” as his name continues to hit the headlines.

Maguire said: “He’s a special talent, he’s a young boy, he’s working hard in training.

“He needs to keep his head down, not get carried away and I’m sure he’s going to have a big future for this club and we’re lucky to have him.”

United have been linked with a number of strikers ahead of the January transfer window, having failed to get in a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, but Greenwood could be the answer to the Red Devils’ problems.