Greenwood is ridiculous – Man Utd coach Fortune thinks forward is 'the real deal'


Mason Greenwood is a "ridiculous" talent who could become a special player for Manchester United, Quinton Fortune says.

The 18-year-old has established himself firmly in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team plans at Old Trafford this season since becoming the youngest player to start a Premier League game for the club - at 17 years and 223 days old - last May.

Greenwood has scored 12 goals in all competitions, mostly as a substitute, and came close to finding a winner in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham last Friday.

Scroll to continue with content

Fortune, who is now United's Under-23s assistant and was a former coach of Greenwood, says the forward is "the real deal".

"Mason is fortunate he's got Ole as a manager," Fortune, a Premier League winner with the Red Devils in 2002-03, told the UTD Podcast.

"Obviously, there's all the coaches he's had through his youth-team career but he couldn't ask for a better manager because Ole's done it at the highest level.

"There're not many players in world football that are able to go both ways like Mason does. Equally, left and right foot, he's ridiculous.

"I thought he was left-footed and then he takes penalties with his right! And I've seen him take a free-kick with his right foot, his left foot. I'm like, 'what's wrong with you!? Just pick one! Are you okay?'

"I'm walking through the building at the Aon Training Complex and there's a computer room where the analyst team work.

"Mason was in there, looking at games and how he can do better. He's on it. He's just a natural. He's an unbelievable finisher. He's the real deal.

"I'm waiting for him to have a burst of speed but he's so good around the box. Stepover, boom! He's just created that one little yard for him and boom!

"As a defender, which way do you show Mason? He can go right, he can go left. I don't even know, the guy's got everything."

What to read next