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Owen backs Greenwood to flourish

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes that Mason Greenwood can go on to become a great player at the club.

The 18-year-old scored two goals and helped his side win a penalty, which was converted by Juan Mata, in their 4-0 UEFA Europa League win over AZ Alkmaar this morning.

Greenwood is currently Manchester United’s top scorer in Europe with four goals in five games this season and also went on to become the youngest player in the club’s history to score twice in a major European fixture.

And following his starring role against AZ Alkmaar, Owen told BT Sport, “You look for ability when they’re really young. He’s not going to change much now, it’s just his mental attitude.

“He’s grown into his frame, he won’t get much quicker or taller now, he might thicken out a little bit, so it’s all about now what’s going on between the ears.

“They’ve got a lot of good young kids coming through, about five or six, but he’s the one, the one that could be at Manchester United for a long, long time.

“He will naturally improve now, just getting experience under his belt, the biggest thing that can go wrong is his mentality. If he gets cocky, big-headed or whatever, there’s a million traps being a footballer.

“As long as he keeps going along this path, he’s at the right club that has nurtured so many youngsters over time, he’s got people around him, the right manager.

“You would think that all is in place. As long as he’s got the right advice off the pitch, there’s no question he’s going to be a top player for the long term, he’s going to be a great player. It’s more about what can go wrong than what he can improve on.”

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