Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie believes that Mason Greenwood is trying to copy him on the pitch – and that will see the teenager become a success at Old Trafford.
Greenwood notched his seventh senior goal of the season for Manchester United at the weekend as he rescued a point against Everton with a left-footed shot from the edge of the area, which seemed to remind Van Persie of himself.
In a video posted on Instagram, the Dutchman predicted a bright future for the youngster by light-heartedly suggesting that Greenwood is merely an imitation of the player he once was.
He said (via Daily Mail): “I think he will be very good because during every game he tries to copy me. My style, my technique, my left foot, my way of finishing – so I’m sure he will end up well.”
Receiving praise (albeit in a tongue-in-cheek manner) from a Premier League winner such as Van Persie is sure to be a great sign for Greenwood, who has shown a maturity beyond his tender years to help lead United’s goalscoring charts along with Marcus Rashford.
The fact that his latest strike takes him above Anthony Martial in terms of strikes this season suggests he may be able to lead the line for United before too long, while if he is truly on the path of Van Persie – a scorer of 144 Premier League goals – Greenwood can look forward to plenty more strikes as he did last weekend.
Van Persie’s comments may have been made in a jovial manner, though they rather illustrate Greenwood’s rapid rise to the first team.
So having made his first league start earlier this month and United potentially starting to find their feet in this campaign, perhaps Greenwood will be key to the destiny of their season following the legendary striker’s deserved praise.
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