Michael Owen delivers verdict on Man Utd's new star Mason Greenwood after Astana heroics

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Mason Greenwood will become an England regular as soon as he’s a permanent fixture in Manchester United’s starting XI.

That’s the opinion of former Red Devils hitman Michael Owen, who was thoroughly impressed with the 17-year-old’s performance in United’s Europa League win over Astana on Thursday night, in which he scored the only goal of the game.

“He’ll have a part to play in the Premier League, no question,” Owen said of the youngster during an appearance 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.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought Greenwood into the fold during pre-season and has been pleased with what he’s seen of the Bradford-born forward so far.

“For me it was the right decision, the Norwegian said when asked why he didn’t replace Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez. “He’s going to be important.”

He added: “We always know that in and around the box he’s one of the best finishers we’ve got. If you want to make it as a United player you have to handle the fans. Mason won us the game so we’re very pleased for him.”

United are currently in talks with Greenwood over a new bumper deal, with Solskjaer saying: “We’re always in talks with the boys about how we see the future and Mason’s one we want to keep with us.”

Greenwood and his Manchester United team-mates will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, travelling to the London Stadium to take on West Ham.

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