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‘He is the real deal’, Gary Neville says seven-goal forward is a better finisher than Rashford

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has said that Mason Greenwood is a better finisher compared to the likes of Marcus Rashford, given he has shown better composure in the front of goal.

The 18-year-old recently starred for the Red Devils against AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League as he scored two goals and won a penalty in a 4-0 triumph at Old Trafford.

Despite his efforts, the teenager was not handed with a league start against Everton on Sunday but he made a key contribution off the bench as he scored the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said that he has a personal liking for Greenwood and praised the youngster’s composure when he is afforded with a goalscoring opportunity in the final third of the field, he told:

“I like Greenwood a lot. The composure that he shows at such a young age, his great physical presence. The way in which he finishes is that of a top centre-forward.

“Sometimes when you see a young player in front of goal, they panic a bit and snatch at things – [Daniel] James and [Jesse] Lingard do that quite a lot.”

He added that the United graduate is a better finisher compared to Marcus Rashford, who has been United’s top-scorer this term, and feels the teenager will emerge as a key player in the long run, he added:

“But I’d say Greenwood is a better finisher than Rashford – and that’s saying something. He really does look the real deal. I think Solskjaer knows that and he’s going to bleed him in.”

Greenwood has bagged seven goals and contributed one assists across all competitions for United this season. In this period, he has made the most of the scoring opportunities with 17 of his 24 shots testing the goalkeeper.

United are scheduled to face League Two side Colchester United in the quarter-final stage of the League Cup on Wednesday night and Greenwood will be expected to lead the line with Solskjaer due to make changes.

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