Paul Scholes has challenged Mason Greenwood to nail down the centre-forward spot at Manchester United.
The young attacker’s finishing has been heavily praised and his winning goal against Brighton at the weekend was an example of his improved movement after working with Edinson Cavani.
With Anthony Martial likely out for the season and Cavani struggling for fitness at times, Scholes believes Greenwood now has the opportunity to stake a claim to become the Reds’ first-choice striker.
Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes said Greenwood’s age means it is only natural that he will go through periods of inconsistency.
Yet he argued that, due to Greenwood’s finishing ability, he should play through the middle in order to get more sights at goal than he would on the wing.
Scholes said: “He’s a brilliant player, very young still so he’s inconsistent at times. Again, United’s forwards, they all seem to be the same. We don’t know if they’re a wide player or a number nine.
“Obviously, with Cavani, there’s more experience but the legs are going a bit.
“They say this lad should be the one out of three that is the number nine and I think he’s the best finisher at the club, but when he’s in those wide areas, he doesn’t get that many chances which is a problem.
“In these next few games, possibly, he’s got the chance to make the number nine position his own.”