Andy Cole says that Manchester United youth academy player Mason Greenwood is “special” and the person that introduced him to Greenwood is the academy director himself, Nicky Butt.
Andy Cole who played for Manchester United as a striker from 1995 to 2001 currently works as a part-time coach for League Two club Macclesfield Town F.C.
Mason Greenwood who is proficient in the forward line signed his first professional contract at United in October after excelling in the UEFA Youth League.
Greenwood, an England international who is still under 18 has emulated former youth academy graduate Marcus Rashford’s achievement by scoring 22 goals this season in 19 appearances.
It is apparent that Nicky Butt is highly fixated on the youngster and has made Cole a witness of the feats that Greenwood can pull off.
“Wow. I’ve seen him play a few times. I did the induction day at the start of the season and I remember [Nicky] Butty saying to me, ‘Coley, this kid has got something’.
“I’ve seen him in training a few times. Wow. He’s special. He’s special.
“What freaked me out the other day when I watched him [in United’s FA Youth Cup defeat against Brighton] was that he looked all left-footed and then he stepped up and took a free-kick, right-footed.
“He nearly bent it in the top bin.
“And I’m saying to myself, ‘Woah, I hadn’t seen this geezer kick the ball with his right foot yet’. That’s how talented he is.
Solskjaer currently has an injury problem in his squad which has left him without Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic for Thursday’s match against Crystal Palace.
It will be interesting to see if he picks Greenwood along with other academy graduates like Tahith Chong for the match.