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Rashford reveals Greenwood advice as he credits Solskjaer for Manchester United improvement

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Rashford reveals Greenwood advice as he credits Solskjaer for Manchester United improvement

The teenager scored a brace as the Red Devils beat Bournemouth 5-2 in the Premier League and Rashford has explained what he told his teammate.

Marcus Rashford has advised Mason Greenwood to ignore outside influences and keep focusing on his football.

The teenager became the youngest Manchester United player to reach 15 goals in a season since Wayne Rooney after he scored a brace against Bournemouth in United’s 5-2 win at Old Trafford on Saturday.

His impressive finishing has already led to comparisons being drawn between the 18-year-old and Robin van Persie, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to compare the forward with the likes of Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo after the game.

Rashford has told his teammate to ignore praise and negativity and carry on focusing on his football.

“He’s a fantastic player. I’ve watched him before he got to the first-team. It was never a matter of if was going to play with us, it was just when. When can we get him involved? Ole has done a terrific job with him,” Rashford said.

“First of all, he put him in the squad and brought him on against PSG and that for a player, as a first step, it’s huge and it shows that the manager had confidence in him. You’ve got no reason not to have confidence in a player like Mason.

“But, for me, I just tell him to keep doing what he’s doing because what he does is score goals, so he doesn’t need to do anything else. You know, forget everything whatever people are doing outside, whether it’s praise or negativity.

“I just think there’s a massive flood of positivity right now and momentum. For us, we want to keep that going. All three of us scored. Mason scored two. That’s the type of momentum we want to keep going. That’s it, really.

“He’s done very well for the whole season. It’s not just these bits he’s been scoring goals. He’s been working hard for the team and doing the dirty work, you know the unseen work. He does it so he deserves all the credit that he gets.”

While Greenwood has received plenty of praise in the past few weeks, Rashford is also having a successful campaign. His penalty on Saturday took him to 20 goals for the season in all competitions.

“It’s definitely a nice feeling to back scoring goals, but you know for forwards you just take it one game at a time,” Rashford explained. “Whether you score or you don’t score, the next game is always about scoring.

“That’s what I’ll continue to do, like I’ve done for the whole season, really, so game-by-game we want to win games and just keep competing for the trophies we’re still in.”

The win saw United keep pressure on Chelsea and Leicester in the top four and extend their current unbeaten run to 16 in all competitions and Rashford gave credit to Solskjaer for improving the team.

“The manager has helped us a lot. He’s stuck with us in difficult times and we’ve listened and tried to take on board what he’s saying and what he wants us to deliver on the pitch,” Rashford said. “Where we are now, it’s getting closer to what we picture but there’s still a lot more work to do to be back challenging for the Premier League.”

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