Mason Greenwood has noted his long-term desire to play as Manchester United’s central striker as he battles Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani for playing time.
The 19-year-old managed 17 goals last season across all competitions in a fine breakthrough campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, adding nine more this time out.
Noted for his versatility with both feet and fine finishing ability, Greenwood has been tipped to star for both United and England for years to come.
Despite that, he has now revealed that he hasn’t been playing regularly in his preferred position, featuring on the right 32 times this season and only 12 occasions down the middle.
“Long-term I want to be in that No.9 role but if I play on the right or in that No.9 role wherever the manager picks me or tells me to play I’ll go out there and do my best,” he told Stadium Astro.
“I like it in both areas, there’s no grey areas if I’m on the wing or up front they are basically the same for me I’m going out there playing football with a smile on my face.
“I just want to be the man scoring the goals, any young boy from the academy would say the same thing really, it’s just a role everyone wants to be in."
When asked about his versatility, he added: “It was my Dad really. He used to take me down to the local parks and the astroturf and he used to say ‘whatever you do one foot, you do on the other foot’
"Ever since then, I’ve not stopped working on and it’s just stuck with me, it’s natural to me now."
Solskjaer said of the youngster after his recent strike against Brighton: “I’m so happy for him.
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"I'm pleased with his overall performance again very good. He was bright, tidy, clean on the ball, hit the post and one that went over the bar, maybe deflected, in the second half.
"When he gets those goals, we know that he's going to add another dimension to his game. I'm very, very pleased."
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