Manchester United star Mason Greenwood sets new record after scoring in Aston Villa win

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Manchester United star Mason Greenwood has become the highest-scoring teenager in the club’s Premier League history after notching against Aston Villa on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side weren’t at their blistering best. But that didn’t matter, with the Red Devils picking up all three points regardless.

Manchester United fell behind against Villa with Bertrand Traore striking in the 24th minute.

The forward took advantage of some poor defending from Victor Lindelof and Scott McTominay to strike, with his effort sailing beyond the reach of Dean Henderson in goal.

After the interval, however, United were considerably improved.

They levelled through Bruno Fernandes, with the Portugal international scoring from the penalty spot.

Greenwood then struck, beating Emiliano Martinez with a powerful low drive that sailed into the bottom corner, with Edinson Cavani also getting in on the act.

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With his goal, however, Greenwood has now set a new record.

The England international has now scored 16 Premier League goals since being given his debut nearly two years ago, at the age of 16.

And that’s one more than a teenage Rooney managed during his first few seasons at Old Trafford, meaning he’s now written his name into the history books.

Greenwood has now scored five goals in his last five starts, justifying the faith of manager Solskjaer in the process.

And the victory means United have kept their faint hopes of winning the Premier League title alive, with Manchester City’s side yet to be crowned champions.

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Speaking before the game, Watford captain Troy Deeney expressed a belief that Greenwood would be enjoying his football with Fernandes and Paul Pogba in such fine form.

He said: “I think with Fernandes, I think he now makes Pogba play better as well.

“Pogba now has someone he sees and respects, in terms of quality and puts him on the same level as himself.

“When he’s driving, it makes Pogba do that as well. Obviously, the boys up front: Rashford, Greenwood, they’re all high-quality players as well.”

And Solskjaer recently hailed Greenwood by saying: “Before the Liverpool game – which would have been his 100th for the club by the way – we’d set to him, ‘make sure you score the winner’.

“That’s what he does, he scores goals.

“But this season, he’s really added the link-up play. He’s so clever, he’s so clean in his play. He’s giving assists.”

He then added: “Decision-making is one thing, but if he’s going to play wide right or centre forward, it’s the filling out.

“He needs to get used to having players in your back, facing him the wrong way.

“If you want to be a No 9, you’re going to get hurt.

“You’ve got to stick your head in and break your nose every once in a while. He’s a pretty boy though and I’m not sure if he wants to do that!

“But that’s the challenge for him. He’s got loads of work to do, but listen, he just needs to keep doing what he does. But look, he’s only 19.

“He’s doing the right things on the training ground, so I’m very very happy with him.”

United are next in action against Leicester on Tuesday.

And the games are coming thick and fast for the Red Devils, with Solskjaer’s side also due to face Liverpool on Thursday.

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