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Rio Ferdinand lauds Mason Greenwood after summer reinvention and Leeds “joke”

Greenwood scored in Manchester United’s 5-1 demolition of Leeds on the opening weekend of the Premier League season and Ferdinand was full of praise for the 19-year-old forward

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Solskjaer delighted with Greenwood’s development over summer

Rio Ferdinand has lauded Mason Greenwood for his showing in Manchester United ‘s 5-1 victory over Leeds.

Greenwood scored in the Red Devils’ rampant win on the opening weekend of the Premier League season and showed his elite finishing ability with a well-taken goal.

The 19-year-old latched onto Paul Pogba’s precise pass to finish past Peacocks ‘keeper Illan Meslier and give United the lead in the six-goal Old Trafford thriller.

Following the match, Ferdinand praised the young forward’s performance as he led Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s front line in the absence of fan favourite Edinson Cavani, who was quarantining upon his return from Uruguay.



Mason Greenwood led the line in Man Utd’s 5-1 win against Leeds
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The ex-Red Devils centre-back noted Greenwood’s summer reinvention, having missed the European Championships through injury.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand also explained how the former academy prodigy also prompted him to think the club’s all-time top goalscorer, Wayne Rooney.

“I saw some of the stuff in that game where I know some of the coaches and people behind the scenes at Man United are saying this isn’t a surprise,” he explained.

“It has just been waiting to happen in the first team and his body is catching up.









“He knows what he needs to do, but Wayne Rooney when he came into the first team was a man already.”

The 42-year-old added: “You can see with Mason Greenwood he has built into that frame of being a first team player and at the weekend, Graeme Souness [who praised him on Sky Sports] was right, he was one of the stand-out players.

“Some of the movement, the ball retention, shrugging people off and the finish was a joke.”



Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney were Man Utd teammates for 10 years
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Boss Solskjaer was also waxing lyrical about Greenwood post-match, saying: “I think you can see how much work he has put down this pre-season in his summer.

“He’s turned into a man. He’s filling out, he’s stronger,” stated the Norwegian.

“His stride is stronger – you know, when he ran away from the defender and scored his goal, it was a joy to see.”

The teenager was focussed on the team’s “amazing” performance in his own assessment.







Firstly though, he touched on his individual display by telling MUTV: “I’m feeling good, feeling strong and the coaching staff have helped me to start the season strong and make sure I was ready to go today.

“I thought the whole team performance was amazing, the whole backline David [De Gea] in goal, everyone was amazing.”

He continued: “It’s a very big win but don’t take anything away from Leeds; they ran all game and we knew that we had to match them.

“You have to match them man for man any time you play Leeds, and we got the three points and, like I said, that’s all that matters.

“It’s a nice feeling seeing those goals go in and we’ve got the three points and that’s all that matters today.”



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