Man Utd star Scott McTominay explains what he always tells Mason Greenwood in private

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Manchester United star Scott McTominay has revealed he regularly puts the pressure on Mason Greenwood behind the scenes. The 19-year-old was impressive in the club’s 1-0 win over West Ham on Sunday. And his performance earned him glowing praise from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the aftermath of the result.

United’s victory over West Ham wasn’t exactly entertaining.

But Solskjaer and his side won’t care, with the result seeing them leapfrog Leicester into second in the Premier League table.

Amid a flat display, Greenwood was the best player on the pitch – with the England international looking a constant threat throughout the showdown.

And McTominay, speaking to MUTV after the game, hailed the teenager and claimed he was regularly putting the pressure on behind the scenes.

“Mason was brilliant, Mason was top – top, top drawer,” he said.

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“He was so direct, he was very confident, whenever he had the ball, but yeah as I say every week: ‘Mason, now that’s the benchmark’.

“That’s got to be the standard now every single game, that work-rate, that intensity and I’m seeing it every single week, to be fair, from him.

“So long may it continue.”

Solskjaer also praised Greenwood, who was starting at a time where Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani were absent.

“His performance was really good. He deserved a goal,“ said the 48-year-old.

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“I have to say he has played really well lately. He linked the play well for us, he held the play up well for us.

“He kept switching it and he had our two best chances. Great save by Fabianski, down to his right, and unfortunately he hit the post on the second one and he kept creating chances for others as well. I am very pleased with Mason at the moment.”

Solskjaer defended his defence after the victory against West Ham, insisting they’re working on cutting out errors.

“It hurt when we conceded that goal [to Milan] but we are defending better,” he said. “We are defending from the front.

“Our forwards sometimes you think, ‘come on’, when we are attacking, but they have done so much running and pressing.

“That is one of the pleasing things today, the energy was there, Mason [Greenwood], Bruno [Fernandes], Dan [James], Marcus [Rashford].

“I didn’t feel we needed to make a change because they did such a good job up there.”

The result, in the Norweigan’s eyes, was ‘massive’.

“It was massive for us,” continued the 48-year-old.

“We know what momentum can give you or take away from you and, of course, the goal we conceded in the last minute against Milan, it is a mental test.

“How did we react and everyone has reacted in the right way. We have kept a clean sheet. We started poorly.

“The first 15 minutes, I have to say, we kept giving them easy turnovers, giving them chances to break on us.

“Then again our back four, they won the ball back for us. The recovery was really good and we kept them away from hitting the target once.

“Dean [Henderson] didn’t have one save to make which is the sign of a good performance.”

United are next in action against AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night.

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