Paul Pogba may be spot on about Man Utd’s “world class” Erling Haaland alternative
Manchester United may still be in the hunt for Erling Haaland this summer, but Mason Greenwood provided them with a glimpse of life if they miss out on the Borussia Dortmund wonderkid.
The man who Paul Pogba previously declared was “world class” is continuing to show his potential as he found the net twice against Burnley on Sunday.
United among the group of top-level clubs who are eager to sign the Norwegian youngster, and are faced with the prospect of paying upwards of £130million.
They aren’t the only club interested, with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea all interested.
And if United do miss out, there’s every chance they’ll move Greenwood into a central striker role.
The youngster scored two of United’s goals on Sunday in what was a fine performance at Old Trafford. He played on the wing, but constantly drifted in from the right to a more central position in order to get a sight of goal.
And it seems Pogba’s proclamation for his young team-mate is starting to come true.
“Mason is a big-talented player that we had from our academy,” the midfielder said. “He can go to the highest level, world class, it just depends on him.
“He has to work hard, harder than everyone, believe in himself and want it.
“When you’re talented like this, you already have talent, now it’s only the work you put in to make you become the world-class player you have to become with this talent.
“It depends on him. I will always be the guy to push him, not praise him too much, but push him to get to the level he should arrive at.
“That’s the way I am, I don’t like being praised too much because you can get too comfortable and you think you are there when you are not.
“World-class players like Lionel Messi and Ronaldo have been top for years and years. Achieving that for one year is not enough, you want to be world-class for your whole career.”