Solskjaer: Greenwood needs to learn how to head a ball

Solskjaer: Greenwood needs to learn how to head a ball

Mason Greenwood came off the bench to wrap up Manchester United's Carabao Cup third-round win at Luton last night, before being offered a one-on-one heading practice by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer was full of praise for the forward, but has urged him to improve his heading ability as he looks to shape his all-round game.

"He had a fantastic season last season," Solskjaer said after the game.

"To get his goal was important for him, and Marcus, it is always nice for strikers to get that confidence and that feeling of scoring, to get that hunger again.

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"He can play through the middle, I think as a young boy, not physically grown yet, sometimes it is nice to be facing forward instead of being the foil and being the battering ram.

"I scored most of my goals from just outside the posts as well, I wasn't in the middle.

"For him to be a number nine, though, he needs to learn how to head a ball. I keep telling him that and if he wants to do that he is welcome to come and practice with me."

Greenwood will be pleased to get his goal tally up and running for the season as the 18-year-old looks to move on from an off-field incident in Iceland which saw him sent home from international duty for breaching Covid guidelines.

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