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Sport Greenwood bails out Man United as Solskjaer's youngsters struggle to inspire lacklustre colleagues

04:40  20 september  2019
04:40  20 september  2019 Source:   goal.com

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought out his hairdryer, Paul Pogba still wants out and the strikers are shooting blanks… the cracks appearing at Manchester United after just one win in Premier League start

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought out his hairdryer, Paul Pogba still wants out and the strikers are shooting blanks… the cracks appearing at Manchester United after just one win in Premier League start Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought out his hairdryer, Paul Pogba still wants out and the strikers are shooting blanks… the cracks appearing at Manchester United after just one win in Premier League start

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a big claim about youngster Mason Greenwood as he prepares to use him in the See the tweet below from Simon Stone as Solskjaer raves about Greenwood , while Football 365 also carry some of the Norwegian’ s other quotes on the

United manager Solskjaer believes Greenwood is one of the best finishers he has ever seen and he will “I just don’t want to put too much pressure on him, apart from go out there and enjoy yourself. Solskjaer intends to change tack as his side embark on their Europa League journey as the manager

a man wearing a red shirt: Mason Greenwood celebrates Manchester United's win over Astana © Getty Images Mason Greenwood celebrates Manchester United's win over Astana

Having spent much of his time as Manchester United manager promising to do so, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally unleashed the kids in their Europa League opener against Astana.

Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes were all given their first starts of the season, while Axel Tuanzebe lined up in defence after making only one substitute appearance since returning from a fruitful loan spell.

As a contest, it certainly was not as straightforward as Solskjaer would have hoped, as United made hard work of overcoming the Kazakh champions.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thrilled as match-winner Mason Greenwood shows no fear on main stage

  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thrilled as match-winner Mason Greenwood shows no fear on main stage Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not surprised to see Mason Greenwood get his first Manchester United goal in the 1-0 victory over Astana. Greenwood spared United’s blushes against the Kazakhstan champions, firing in a low finish with 16 minutes of the Europa League opener left - his first senior goal on just his second start Solskjaer hailed the 17-year-old’s finishing before the clash and thinks his youngsters - Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes also started - will only get better with more games.“We always know that in and around the box he’s one of the best finishers we have got,” Solskjaer said.“I’m happy he got his goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a variety of youngsters at his disposal so why not use them? Chong’ s supreme dribbling skill and crossing ability will make him a formidable wing-partner for Gomes as United ’ s wide men should be able to break down Astana’ s defence with the ball.

MASON GREENWOOD is set for his second senior Manchester United start in tomorrow’ s Europa League opener. The striker will get his chance against Kazakhstan side Astana. Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to get Mason Greenwood more involved in first-team actionCredit: Getty.

Manchester United's Mason Greenwood (third left) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game with teammates during the UEFA Europa League Group L match at Old Trafford, Manchester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Manchester United's Mason Greenwood (third left) celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the game with teammates during the UEFA Europa League Group L match at Old Trafford, Manchester. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images) Yet Solskjaer's experimenting was just about vindicated by Greenwood getting the only goal of the game 17 minutes from time - the forward bailing out his more experienced team-mates on a frustrating evening at Old Trafford.

Nevertheless, it was still a mixed outing for United's youngsters. We assess how they fared.

Mason Greenwood

United's next great hope was making his first start since the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City on the final day of last season, though this contest will have felt like small fry compared to his only previous European outing, a substitute appearance in the famous 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain last term.

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Manchester United boss Solskjaer chipped a ball into a bin from 20 yards, showing club coaches Solskjaer was the future once. Now, in Greenwood and Chong Mason Greenwood set for second senior Man Utd start in Europa League against Astana as Solskjaer looks to bed more youngsters .

OLE SOLSKJAER has challenged Mason Greenwood to show why he rates him as one of the best “I want him him to go out there, enjoy himself, work hard and close down because when he has the Greenwood has come on in each of United ’ s opening five games this season having impressed in

Manchester United's striker Mason Greenwood celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Europa League Group L football match between Manchester United and Astana at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 19, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images) Manchester United's striker Mason Greenwood celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Europa League Group L football match between Manchester United and Astana at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 19, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Operating initially from the right, he went extremely close to opening the scoring in the 16th minute after Marcus Rashford's clever flick, drilling a fierce left-footed strike just wide of the top-left corner. Solskjaer said Greenwood was one of the best finishers he has ever seen on Wednesday – it would have been easy to see why had he buried that opportunity.

However, Solskjaer's need for Greenwood – as United's only back-up striker – to prove a point and get a goal arguably spared the teenager from being taken off instead of Gomes in the second half, having failed to meet expectations.

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United and Barcelona are monitoring the situation - with Solskjaer himself targeting a return to the competition. The Europa League is a pathway to get there." Mason Greenwood set for second senior Man Utd start in Europa League against Astana as Solskjaer looks to bed more youngsters .

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrated Mason Greenwood ’ s first Man Utd goal Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauded Mason Greenwood for his clever finish and first senior goal against Astana in their Europa League win.

The Norwegian's faith ultimately paid off.

For once, a United player didn't just do the obvious. Greenwood twisted and turned in the area and coolly slotted between the goalkeeper's legs for his first official senior goal, which will surely be a weight off his shoulders.

Angel Gomes

Almost two-and-a-half years on from his United debut, Gomes was finally awarded a first senior start and he looked eager to impress, dazzling a defender in the first minute before then winning a foul with a clever turn just a few moments later.

Manchester United's midfielder Angel Gomes falls during the UEFA Europa League Group L football match between Manchester United and Astana at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 19, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images) Manchester United's midfielder Angel Gomes falls during the UEFA Europa League Group L football match between Manchester United and Astana at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 19, 2019. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

In the first half, Gomes looked the most likely to make something happen creatively, his quick feet winning a couple of free-kicks and providing the only defence-splitting pass just before the half-hour mark when releasing Diogo Dalot, whose subsequent cross was dealt with.

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OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has indicated he is ready to throw youngsters Mason Greenwood , Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes into the Manchester He has made three appearances for United but could make his first appearance of the season against the Foxes. Solskjaer said: “It' s a good test, it' s

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ' s gamble on youth paid off in the end but matchwinner Mason Greenwood was the only teenager on show you'd put your house on becoming a bona fide Manchester United star. Greenwood was one of many youngsters given a chance to shine by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer .

Gomes' ability in tight spaces continued to look like providing a potential route to goal in the second period – the attacking midfielder drawing fouls and creating space, but United refused to use him as often as they should have.

In the end, he was somewhat unfortunate to be taken off after generally justifying his selection. The fans will definitely be hoping to see more from Gomes in the coming weeks.

Tahith Chong

After looking bright as a substitute against Leicester City, it was not a huge surprise to see Netherlands youth international Chong make the starting XI.

While his display was a little braver than Greenwood's before the break, Chong did show he is still the rawest of the three youngsters in attack.

Soccer Football - Europa League - Group L - Manchester United v Astana - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - September 19, 2019  Manchester United's Tahith Chong in action with Astana's Marin Tomasov   REUTERS/Andrew Yates © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Europa League - Group L - Manchester United v Astana - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - September 19, 2019 Manchester United's Tahith Chong in action with Astana's Marin Tomasov REUTERS/Andrew Yates

His touch was far too heavy on several occasions, while he lacked the power to really trouble the Astana defence, one early run aside.

He was unsurprisingly withdrawn for Jesse Lingard in the second half, having been largely disappointing.

Axel Tuanzebe

Following a solid season on loan at Aston Villa, Tuanzebe has moved well up the pecking order at Old Trafford and was a commanding presence on his first start for the club since May 2017.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is readying himself to play a hatful of young academy stars, with Greenwood won't be joined by red-hot Daniel James - who is out injured Mason Greenwood set for second senior Man Utd start in Europa League against Astana as Solskjaer looks to bed more youngsters .

And Solskjaer already has an inside track on the son of former Leeds and Manchester City star Alf-Inge Haaland. Speaking at a press conference ahead of United ' s Mason Greenwood set for second senior Man Utd start in Europa League against Astana as Solskjaer looks to bed more youngsters .

Soccer Football - Europa League - Group L - Manchester United v Astana - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - September 19, 2019  Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe in action with Astana's Dorin Rotariu   REUTERS/Andrew Yates © Thomson Reuters Soccer Football - Europa League - Group L - Manchester United v Astana - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - September 19, 2019 Manchester United's Axel Tuanzebe in action with Astana's Dorin Rotariu REUTERS/Andrew Yates

The 21-year-old showed an effective blend of physicality and technical ability, one first-half moment typifying that when he recovered to outpace and outmuscle Dorin Rotariu, before taking the ball back and dribbling forward after the Romanian had flicked the ball over his head.

Otherwise Tuanzebe had little defending to do, with the centre-back often stepping forward into midfield given United's dominance, but his solidity was highlighted by the fact he won 75 per cent of his 16 duels.

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