KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes talks about his teammate Mason Greenwood
  • Fernandes thinks it is important that Greenwood can also do other things aside from scoring
  • The Red Devils striker shares his thoughts on his latest goal

Bruno Fernandes knows how exactly his teammates can contribute to the team.

Mason Greenwood has once again performed his primary task on Sunday against Brighton as he netted a late goal that led Manchester United to a 2-1 victory.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has appointed Greenwood to score goals, but for veteran midfielder Fernandes, it is important for the young striker to also help the team in different ways.

“It is important for us as a team, it doesn’t matter who scores,” Fernandes told MUTV after the game. “If Mason [Greenwood] scores for us or not, it is important if he can do other jobs, recover balls, pressing, defend when we need it, make assists, create danger.”

So it is not important for him to score,” he continued. “He [Greenwood] has to understand, he is such a young lad. Of course, every striker wants to score, but, anyway, he will score more and more goals as the seasons pass.”

Fernandes, who was also a prolific goalscorer during his younger years at Sporting CP, further emphasized that the succeeding years will be “more difficult” for Greenwood.

However, the Portuguese is also confident that Greenwood will be able to reach his peak with Manchester United.

“Everyone has to know that Mason is a young player and now everyone is starting to know how Mason is, it will become more and more difficult for him,” the midfielder pointed out.

It is normal,” he continued. “It is part of the development for him and he will learn from here so it doesn’t matter how many goals he scores; the most important thing for us is that he still helps the team and he is doing his best.

Greenwood, on the other hand, is thrilled to have scored for Manchester United again in an English Premier League game.

“It's a confidence booster, I've not scored as many in the Premier League,” Greenwood told BBC after the win. “I scored a header tonight which is something I've been working on a lot behind the scenes.”

The Englishman also acknowledged his teammates and raved about Manchester United’s ability to bounce back despite having a rough start.

“It was a hard night,” the 19-year-old admitted. “When they scored the first goal, we knew we had to react and put in a better performance. Everyone was excellent in the second half.

"I don't think we started very well but we knew we had to switch on and be focused,” he added. “We should have started that from the moment we came out, but it's a good three points. There were a lot of men behind the ball and we had to have that creative spark.”

Mason Greenwood headed home the winner as Manchester United beat Brighton 2-1 Mason Greenwood made his first-team debut Man Utd in 2018 Photo: POOL / PHIL NOBLE