Rio Ferdinand hails Mason Greenwood as a 'future superstar'

‘He scores as if you were writing a textbook’: Rio Ferdinand hails Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood as a ‘future superstar’ after the teenager’s stunning breakthrough season at Old Trafford

  • Greenwood scored 19 goals last season to announce his arrival on the big stage
  • The Man United forward is expected to play a leading role in the campaign ahead
  • Old Trafford legend Ferdinand believes Greenwood is a natural-born goalscorer 
  • Ferdinand also believes United shouldn’t give up their pursuit of Jadon Sancho 

Rio Ferdinand believes Mason Greenwood is a ‘superstar in the making’ and described the teenage Manchester United forward as a ‘textbook goalscorer.’

The 18-year-old burst onto the scene last season at Old Trafford, scoring 19 goals during his first campaign with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s senior squad.

It led to Greenwood receiving his first England cap in last weekend’s UEFA Nations League over Iceland.

Rio Ferdinand believes Man United forward Mason Greenwood will be a ‘future superstar’

Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand said Greenwood’s finishing ability is out of a ‘textbook’

But he was then sent home in disgrace after breaching Covid-19 protocols by sneaking two girls into the England team hotel.

However, United legend Ferdinand is confident Greenwood will go on to accomplish plenty in the game.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘There’s no doubt in my mind that this kid is going to be here to stay. He’s here for the longevity.

‘He’s a superstar in the making. I don’t want to add too much pressure [on] to him but the kid, in terms of natural born goalscorers, is the way if you were writing a textbook.

‘He plays it the right way. He excited me massively.’

Greenwood scored 19 goals in an impressive breakthrough season for United during 2019-20

Gareth Southgate handed Greenwood his senior international debut last weekend against Iceland but the 18-year-old was later sent home from the England squad

He has been forced to train away from the rest of the United team as a precaution until he returns negative coronavirus tests and he won’t be involved in this weekend’s friendly against Aston Villa.

United begin their Premier League season a week later than most of the other teams following their run to the Europa League semi-finals last month.

Meanwhile, former England defender Ferdinand believes Jadon Sancho would be a superb addition to the United side.

Ferdinand believes United shouldn’t give up in their pursuit of England star Jadon Sancho 

There have been suggestions in recent days that United’s pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund man is still going.

‘I think you have to look at it and think to yourself Jadon Sancho is someone who adds a lot of goals, a lot of assists, creativity,’ said Ferdinand.

‘He draws players out of position. You need two or three players to come deal with him, which now allows other people like [Marcus] Rashford, Greenwood and [Anthony] Martial more space and what that means in terms of goals and opportunities – who knows?

‘I think he brings you good problems for the manager.’

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