Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not using Mason Greenwood correctly at the club.
Greenwood burst onto the scene in 2019-20, scoring 19 goals in his first full season and rose to becoming the second most valuable teenager in the world.
His achievement was even more remarkable given that he was playing out of position on the right wing, yet this season Solskjaer has used him sparingly. The 19-year-old has started only 12 of United’s 28 games so far and completed 90 minutes in only two.
‘I think Ole really needs to start playing Mason more regularly now,” Scholes told ESPN.
‘He will score goals whenever he gets chances and is the type of striker who could be hitting 25-30 a season when he gets more experience.
‘But he isn’t going to score if he isn’t playing, and he’s at a stage where he needs to be out there.
‘It’s similar to Phil Foden earlier this season at Man City — Pep Guardiola was holding him back, but he obviously had the talent to play a key role and he is showing that now. Mason is at the same level.’
Scholes then goes on to say that he believes United’s strongest front three is Rashford, Martial and Greenwood and that Edinson Cavani, as good as he has been since he arrived on a free transfer in October, should be used as an impact substitute.
‘Cavani has surprised me. I thought he had run out of steam at Paris Saint-Germain, but I still don’t think he is a player who should be starting,’ Scholes said.
‘He is the guy you bring off the bench in the final 20 minutes when you need a goal, and I think that has been evident in the games he has started, when he hasn’t looked quite so sharp.
‘But I love Ole’s best front three — Rashford, Martial and Greenwood — because I think they all offer so much. People think I don’t like Martial, but I actually really rate him. I just think, right now, his confidence has gone a bit and he needs to build it up again.’
Solskjaer’s reasons for holding Greenwood back are unclear but may be related to rumours of disciplinary issues around the time that the teenager was sent home from the England squad with Foden after breaching quarantine restrictions in Iceland.
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