Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood has revealed his football idol is Wayne Rooney and says he hopes to one day meet the Old Trafford legend.
Like Rooney, Greenwood has burst onto the scene as an exciting teenager at United and the 18-year-old has impressed when given the chance by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
This season, he has scored three times in 12 appearances, with his winning effort against Astana in the Europa League making him the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in European competition.
Greenwood was making a name for himself in the academy during Rooney‘s final years at Old Trafford and while the two never met, he credits United’s greatest goal scorer and a legendary World Cup winner for being his main inspirations.
“It has to be Rooney,” Greenwood said when asked who he looked up to.
“The Brazilian Ronaldo, too. They’ve always stood out for me and I’ve always looked up to them,” adding that it was his dad who used to show him clips of the striker in action.
Now 43, the original Ronaldo was at the height of his powers when Greenwood was still crawling, scoring eight goals at the 2002 World Cup a year after he was born.
“Rooney is such a great goalscorer and that is what I want to be,” he continued. “You have to have a role model. I’ve never seen him, though. I’ve watched his games and the highlights on YouTube. Hopefully I’ll get to meet him one day.”
The United youngster has also heaped praise on his manager, Solskjaer, who was a clinical forward in his playing days at the club, and current teammate Marcus Rashford.
“I’ve got so many role models around me and Marcus is another one,” he added.
“I just want to follow in his footsteps. He’s a goalscorer, he shoots off both feet, he’s quick.
“Solskjaer was a great goalscorer at United, too. And he’s a great manager in my eyes.”
There are worse people than Rooney and Ronaldo Greenwood could be looking up to
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Barcelona stats: 47 goals in 51 games
Inter stats: 59 goals in 99 games
Real Madrid stats: 104 goals in 177 games
Brazil stats: 62 goals in 98 games
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