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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hails ‘different class’ Mason Greenwood

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed Mason Greenwood’s recent return to form, insisting the young striker has ‘improved and matured immensely’. 

Greenwood burst onto the scene last season, scoring 17 goals in all competitions, but has struggled to live up to expectation this time around.

The 19-year-old failed to find the back of the net in 10 games over December and January but returned to goal-scoring form in the 3-2 FA Cup win over Liverpool last month. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised 'different class' Mason Greenwood after his return to form

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised ‘different class’ Mason Greenwood after his return to form

Greenwood was also impressive in the recent Premier League games against Southampton and Everton and Solskjaer has been delighted with what he has seen from him in recent weeks.

‘Ah, Mason was different class,’ Solskjaer said on the eve of his side’s FA Cup fifth round clash with West Ham.

‘I thought he was the standout performer on the pitch [against Everton]. He just didn’t get the goal that his performance deserved.

‘I think the last few games, if you look at him closely – yeah, I know we scored nine against Southampton – but if you look at his performance, I thought his performance was top.’

Greenwood caught the eye against both Everton and Southampton

Solskjaer feels working with United's experienced strikers is helping Greenwood to 'mature'

The 19-year-old scored against Liverpool and impressed in his last two Premier League outings

Greenwood has had the added bonus of working with Edinson Cavani on the training ground this season after he arrived in the summer.

Solskjaer believes the Uruguayan’s presence is having an impact on Greenwood that is starting to show results on the pitch.

The Norwegian added: ‘He’s improved and matured immensely, and 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 is playing really well.’

After back-to-back impressive performances, Greenwood will be hoping he can continue his rich vein of form against West Ham on Tuesday night and in the Premier League against West Brom on Sunday. 

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