UK Man United forward Mason Greenwood did what Solskjaer asked for last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Mason Greenwood scored his 13th goal of the season for Man Utd in their 3-0 win against Brighton and he is proving a point to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Here are five talking points from the match.
Breaking News ! Greenwood's inspiration Seeing Mason Greenwood drive in to the Brighton penalty area from the inside right channel, produce a couple of bewildering stepovers and then find a sharp and clever finish was like watching an episode of Premier League Years when Robin van Persie was in his pomp. Solskjaer has already compared Greenwood to the Dutch striker who was influential in United’s last title win in 2012/13 and the similarities are obvious, particularly in the lethal finishing both provide. Greenwood now has 13 goals this season, a fantastic return for a forward who doesn’t turn 19 until October, and while Solskjaer was critical of the chances his forwards missed against Sheffield United, Greenwood is usually exempt from such reviews. While Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can occasionally be guilty of some wayward finishing, Greenwood is rarely anything but deadly. He proved he can create goals as well at Brighton. His composure when running at pace for the third goal was a highlight, slowing down in time to clip a perfectly weighted cross into the path of the onrushing Bruno Fernandes. Classic United The longer United's unbeaten run goes on - it now stands at 15 games and it really should get to 19 before the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea - the stronger the feeling that this is no false dawn will persist. Sign up to our free MUFC email newsletter Get the latest breaking Manchester United news and analysis every day direct to your inbox with our free MUFC newsletter Sign up here - it only takes a few seconds. Twitter's reaction to United's magical third at the Amex quickly moved on from those glorying at a quite majestic goal to 'United are back again are they?' from rival fans who have seen this all before over the last seven years. It's still too soon to answer that question in the affirmative, but the signs are promising. It's astonishing to think that the side who have played with such panache and precision against Sheffield United and Brighton is the same that were embarrassed by Burnley at Old Trafford at the end of January. If these are to be the first shoots of United's recovery to becoming a major force at the top of the Premier League again, then Fernandes' second goal will be one of the moments they felt like a proper United team again. It was the kind of devastating counter-attacking goal that Sir Alex Ferguson's best sides scored every season. Solskjaer wanted to bring that sort of freedom back to United. He's built this team around pace and that goal was the clearest example of why. A simple decision Solskjaer was gambling on Saturday when he made so many changes for an FA Cup quarter-final when he's already spoken about how essential a trophy is to the development of this side, but having got away with that roll of the dice his team selection decision for the trip to the Amex was as easy as it gets. Read More Related Articles Manchester United have finally got what they wanted Read More Related Articles Manchester United player ratings: Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood superb vs Brighton United were fortunate to beat Norwich City on Saturday and they needed the intervention of a clutch of first-team stars to power them into the semi-finals during extra-time.
. The only even remotely tasking decisions for Solskjaer were whether to go with Nemanja Matic again in midfield and Greenwood on the right, but having seen the side look so fluent against Sheffield United he was happy to stick with that side, and that decision was justified. Changing this side right now looks very unlikely. A likeable bunch It was just under 14 months ago, on Sunday, May 5, 2019, when Gary Neville declared: "There is nothing I like about this Manchester United team at all." The Solskjaer honeymoon was well and truly over. They'd won just two of 11 games since knocking Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League and had just played out a stultifying draw with already relegated Huddersfield Town. The players looked to have downed tools and Solskjaer was becoming critical of some attitudes he was encountering.
United celebrate during the victory at Brighton
(Image: 2020 Getty Images)
During his co-commentary at Brighton Neville was singing the praises of this team, saying they were becoming a side to like once again. You can see why. They look a much more balanced side and the egos and agendas that were unsettling the squad just over a year ago have gone. It's not just on the pitch, either. Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford led the way in the squad during an exceptional response to the coronavirus pandemic and the club struck the right note time and time again too. It added to the sense of a feel-good factor gathering around United. De Gea After the error that proved so costly at Tottenham David de Gea has got back on track against Sheffield United and Brighton with back-to-back clean sheets. He will have been particularly pleased with his display at the Amex. While he had very little to do in either game he showed the concentration levels required of a United No. 1 to come to the rescue in the second half, making fine saves to deny Aaron Connolly and Neal Maupay have done nothing for the first three quarters of the game.