Manchester United are in desperate need of someone to step up and ease their crisis – and Wes Brown thinks he’s found that man.
The misery from their sorry 2-0 defeat by West Ham on the weekend was compounded when Marcus Rashford went off injured to leave the club worryingly light in the striker department.
However, former defender Brown is backing 17-year-old forward Mason Greenwood to solve their problems and says he is amazed by his talent.
“I’ve watched him in the youth teams and I tell you, he’s a natural goal scorer,” Brown told Paddy Power News.
“That’s one thing I can say. You don’t say that about many players, but this guy is exactly that.
I still don’t know what foot he is! He kicks exactly the same way with both feet.
“Mason has got such an eye for goal It doesn’t matter where he is on the pitch. He just floats around the box and knows where the goal is. He’s proved it.
“Some people might question that the goals he scored last season only came at youth level.
“But I don’t think it matters. If you’ve got that natural ability to put the ball in the back of the net, you’re more than capable at the highest level as well.”
As a product of the United academy, Brown knows better than most what it takes to make the grade at Old Trafford.
So what can Greenwood expect when he eventually cements a first-team place?
“It’s a little bit surreal,” Brown added. I’d been watching these guys playing since I joined YTS at 16 as it was then called.
“To be playing in the first team two years later, it’s a bit surreal. You’re playing alongside the best players in the country, we were winning leagues, cups and the manager then gives you a chance to go into the team and perform.
You understand at a young age that you’ve got to perform or you won’t be playing again.
“I think that’s one of things that keeps you on your toes but at the same time, the players around you are always helping.”