Paul Pogba has insisted Mason Greenwood can become a world-class player but urged the Manchester United youngster to stay hungry in his pursuit of reaching the top.
The 19-year-old burst onto the scene last season with 10 Premier League goals from 12 starts in his debut campaign.
This term, Greenwood has struggled for consistency, netting only three times in the league and spending periods out of the XI as he continues to adapt to first-team football.
The Englishman has rediscovered his best form in the last month, with three goals and one assist in his last four appearances.
“Like I have always said, Mason is a big-talented player that we had from our academy,” Pogba told Sky Sports.
“He can go to the highest level, world-class, it just depends on him. He has to work hard, harder than everyone, believe in himself and want it.
“When you’re talented like this, you already have talent, now it’s only the work you put in to make you become the world-class player you have to become with this talent. It depends on him, I will always be the guy to push him, not praise him too much, but push him to get to the level he should arrive at.
“That’s the way I am, I don’t like being praised too much because you can get too comfortable and you think you are there when you are not. That is how I grew up, that is how my dad talked to me.
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“If I scored one goal that wasn’t enough, if you score two then score three, always want more. Big players, world-class players like Lionel Messi and Ronaldo have been top class for years and years.
“Achieving that for one year is not enough, you want to be world-class for your whole career, for five or 10 years, that is what you want to achieve.”