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Owen says one trigger will see Greenwood called up by England

Date published: Friday 20th September 2019 10:40

Michael Owen believes as soon as Mason Greenwood starts playing regularly for Manchester United he will be drafted into the England squad.

The 17-year-old Bradford-born striker made his first European start last night and scored in the 1-0 win over Astana and afterwards Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his decision to offload Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku was justified such is the potential of Greenwood.

Solskjaer said Greenwood, who has featured four times from the bench this season in the league, “showed glimpses today of what he can become” and former United striker Owen believes the England U-21 attacker is destined for big things.

“He’ll have a part to play in the Premier League, no question,” Owen said on BT Sport.

“His goal record at youth level is phenomenal. In my mind he’s going to be a proper Manchester United player for a long, long time. He’s doing this on a weekly basis, playing with these players. He’s desperate now to start with the big boys. They will feed him even better balls, and he’ll quickly prove he’s good enough to play in the first team already.


“It’s all a mental thing now. He’s good enough. He’ll think a bit differently to a lot of the players because he’s probably been carrying the youth team.

“As soon as he starts playing regularly for Manchester United he’ll be in the England squad.”

Greenwood’s growing influence looks set to be rewarded by United with a deserved new and improved contract soon enough.

“We’re always in talks with the boys, how we see the future,” said Solskjaer, who saw David De Gea and Victor Lindelof extend their deals this week

“And Mason is obviously one we want to keep with us.”

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