Solskjaer pins hopes on Man Utd man in effort to revitalise attack

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks the return of striker Mason Greenwood could help revitalise his attack.

Long touted as a future Old Trafford star, the 19-year-old academy graduate scored 17 goals in all competitions during a stunning breakthrough season.

No teenager has scored more in a campaign for Man Utd, equalling the tally managed by greats George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney with performances that saw Greenwood fast-tracked into the England set-up.

But the 19-year-old, who joined Phil Foden in being sent home shortly after September’s senior debuts in Iceland for breaching the bio bubble, has yet to reach last season’s levels, netting twice across eight appearances.

Greenwood has missed the Red Devils’ last two matches but Solskjaer hopes the youngster can have a positive impact on their goalscoring when he returns.

“We need to improve,” Solskjaer said. “We need to get more flow and rhythm to our game, be more clinical, take our chances.

“We’re looking forward to having Mason back, fit again and well, so hopefully we can hit some form like we did toward the end of last season.”

Bruno Fernandes’ retaken penalty was the only goal of the game as Man Utd beat West Brom over the weekend and Solskjaer knows they have to improve in the final third.

“We’ve got plenty of quality and sometimes the most difficult thing is to keep it simple and sometimes today we wanted to overcomplicate things,” Solskjaer added.

“We want players to seize opportunity but we need more flow, rhythm, make the opposition move. It could have been simpler today.

“I know the players have been away on international duty – we just had this morning to prepare for this game – so hopefully now we’ll have three or four months together.

“And it’s about sticking together, sticking to the way we want to play the game and improve every time.

“Defensively, we’re getting there, definitely. Working hard, closing down, not conceding many chances. We created enough chances to win this comfortably but we need to be more clinical.”

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