Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood has been discussing the biggest influences on his budding career thus far, having signed a new contract with the club.
When asked to identify those who had had the biggest impact on him in a BT Sport interview with Rio Ferdinand, the attacker named two people currently at the club and explained the reasons why.
He said: “Marcus [Rashford] definitely [is] one and Kieran McKenna, the assistant coach at United, because he [gave] me a chance in the youth team. He put me two years up to play in the youth team, so [he] put a lot of faith in me there.
“Marcus has done it all really, [he’s come] through the ranks like I’ve done really so he knows how it goes, so he’s always helped me and spoke to me and told me about the challenges and what to expect from the first team.”
Earlier this week, it was announced the 19-year-old has signed a new deal with the Red Devils that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2025. Having already scored 21 goals in 82 appearances for the first team, you can understand why the club have moved to secure the academy graduate’s services for the long-term.
Rio Ferdinand went on to ask Greenwood if his playing style had been influenced by anybody outside of Manchester United, and the striker revealed he used to watch videos of a certain Brazilian forward over and over again.
“A player I used to watch was R9, the Brazilian Ronaldo, I used to always watch videos and clips of him in the car always coming up to training literally every single day. I used to do [his step overs] on the goalkeeper and on the players. I used to pick up from it and literally used to do what he used to do, the feint shots and the step overs and now it’s just stuck to me.”
Manchester United will take on Real Sociedad in the Europa League on Thursday evening as they look to earn an advantage to take back to Old Trafford for the return fixture, with Greenwood likely to be involved.
BT Sport is the only place to watch the UEFA Europa League, including Real Sociedad v Man Utd on BT Sport 2 from 5.30pm this evening. Watch the full episode of Rio Meets on the BT Sport YouTube channel.