Manchester United sensation Mason Greenwood says it is flattering to be compared to Premier League legend Robin van Persie but insists he wants to ‘become his own player’.
Greenwood has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Old Trafford, scoring 18 goals – including five since the season resumed last month.
The 18-year-old’s performances and technique have led to comparisons with former Manchester United and Arsenal striker Van Persie.
Greenwood admits it is ‘nice’ to be compared to a legendary striker like Van Persie but says he is determined to ‘make my own path’.
He told Sky Sports: ‘Yeah, it’s nice to hear the comparisons with him [Robin van Persie].
‘He’s obviously been at Manchester United and been a top forward but I want to make my own path and be my own player.
‘But obviously to be talked about like him is nice to hear.’
Manchester United academy graduate Greenwood, who made his first-team debut in September 2019, also hailed ‘role model’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer enjoyed a brilliant playing career at Old Trafford and has begun to impress as Red Devils manager, with the team guaranteed to qualify for the Champions League if they avoid defeat against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.
On his boss, Greenwood added: ‘He’s done it all for Manchester United, he’s won cups, he’s scored goals.
‘So it’s very good to have him as manager. He’s a role model for us because he’s done it all.’
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