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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer identifies Mason Greenwood change

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Mason Greenwood has overcome his ‘blip’ in form.

Greenwood, 19, struggled in the first half of the season after breaching Covid protocol on international duty with England in Iceland before the season started.

However, the forward has started in five of the last six games, scoring against Liverpool in the FA Cup, and his influence has grown in the last few weeks.

Greenwood tallied 18 goals last term and is currently on a meagre four this season but Solskjaer is delighted with his performance level.

“Mason was different class,” Solskjaer said. “I thought he was the standout performer on the pitch, he just didn’t get a goal that his performance deserves.

“I think the last few games if you look at him closely, I know we scored nine against Southampton but if you look at his performance I thought his performance was top and he’s improved and matured immensely.

“He’s working with some of the top forwards in the country, of course. He’s learning off them and it’s exciting to see that he’s come over his blip and he’s playing really, really well.”

Another academy graduate, Jesse Lingard, netted twice on his West Ham debut at Aston Villa last week and is cup-tied for Tuesday’s FA Cup fifth round tie.

Lingard, 28, is about to enter the last year of his United contract and could be sold in the summer but Solskjaer is pleased for a player he gave his reserve debut to more than 10 years ago.

“Jesse has started really well,” Solskjaer added. “He’s gone down there, made a good first impression. He’s just got to knuckle down, work hard, keep his head down, keep improving his game.

“We know how good he is, just get a regular run in the team and then hopefully we can see the best of Jesse.”

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