‘There’s lots to learn from him’: Mason Greenwood admits Marcus Rashford is a role model for him after following in his footsteps from the academy to the Manchester United first-team
- Mason Greenwood has described team-mate Marcus Rashford as an inspiration
- The Englishman has had a breakout season in the Manchester United first-team
- Both young forwards rose from United’s academy into the starting line-up
- Greenwood feels he is learning from Rashford, who has been prolific this season
Mason Greenwood has admitted he is inspired by fellow Manchester United academy graduate Marcus Rashford’s rise, with the teen hoping to lock down a starting place alongside the striker.
At just 18-years-old, Greenwood has earned 20 Premier League appearances this season, completing his transition from the academy to the first-team.
Rashford’s own breakthrough also came at the age of 18, scoring a double against Arsenal on his top-flight debut in 2016. Four years on, the striker has become United’s talisman in attack, something Greenwood wants to replicate.
Mason Greenwood has hailed Marucs Rashford as an inspiration in his rise to United’s first XI
The teenager has had a breakout season, impressing despite United inconsistent form
The prospect has followed in Rashford’s footsteps by rising through Man United’s academy
‘He’s been in the academy and come through the ranks and I feel like I’m following in his footsteps,’ the teenager told SportBible.
‘He’s a few years older than me but I can definitely take a lot of inspiration from what he has achieved so far.
‘I’ve known him for a long time so I’ve seen how well he has done and how he has progressed as a player, so there’s lots to learn from being around him.’
Rashford made his breakout aged 18 with a double against Arsenal during the 2015/16 season
Greenwood has been one of the main beneficiaries of Solskjaer’s faith in United’s youth
Despite being sidelined with injury, Rashford has fired in 14 goals this season after impressively overcoming a difficult spell at the start of the season.
Greenwood, meanwhile, has been one of the main beneficiaries of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s faith in United’s youngsters, alongside Scott McTominay, Daniel James and Brandon Williams.
Last season the striker featured most for United’s under-18s, banging in 15 goals in 13 games: form that earned him three Premier League appearances.
Rashford was prolific before his injury, and Greenwood hopes to earn a starting spot alongside
‘It was a different level really. The crowds there were all a lot bigger than what I was used to playing in front of, and there were a lot of fans from all around the world, so it was a good experience,’ Greenwood added.
‘To go away with strikers such as Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku was the best way to learn, just seeing how they worked as top strikers and top finishers was great for me.
‘They all looked after me and helped me on and off the pitch.’
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