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Utd boss Solskjaer sends powerful message to Greenwood after 2-1 win over Brighton

FOOTBALL By Reuters | April 5th 2021
Manchester United's Mason Greenwood, left, scores his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday, Apr. 4, 2021. (AP)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Mason Greenwood is adding a new dimension to his game after the young forward scored an instinctive winner in Sunday's 2-1 Premier League victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Former United striker Danny Welbeck headed Brighton into a 13th-minute lead before Marcus Rashford equalised and Greenwood, 19, got on the end of a speculative Paul Pogba volley to complete the Old Trafford side's comeback.

April 4, 2021 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the match [REUTERS]

"I'm so happy for him... When he gets those goals, we know that he's going to add another dimension to his game," said Solskjaer, who will be without defender Eric Bailly for "a little while" after he tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty with Ivory Coast.

"I'm pleased with his overall performance again very good. He was bright, tidy, clean on the ball, hit the post and one that went over the bar, maybe deflected, in the second half."

Greenwood could feature more regularly in the rest of the campaign with France forward Anthony Martial set to miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury sustained on international duty.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson started in place of David de Gea for a seventh straight game and Solskjaer said he had to make a choice between the two on a game-by-game basis.

"I've got two great goalkeepers and it's about now to find games that both of them will play," said Solskjaer. "Both of them deserve to play more than what they do and it's just a decision I have to make every time."

United are second in the league and are 14 points behind Manchester City, who have played a game more. Solskjaer's side next face Granada in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday.

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