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Mason Greenwood compared to Man Utd hero Robin van Persie by Owen Hargreaves

Mason Greenwood scored his first Manchester United on Thursday night (Picture: Getty Images)

Mason Greenwood has been likened to former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie after scoring his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Astana in the Europa League.

The 17-year-old became the youngest player to score in Europe in Red Devils history with his impressive 73rd minute strike at Old Trafford.

Coming in from the right of the penalty box, the teenager feinted to go on his left foot before chopping back onto his right and firing a low finish past the Astana goalkeeper.

The way Greenwood took his goal reminded former United star Owen Hargreaves of another former United man, Van Persie.

I would say he has a great feel for the game, Hargreaves told BT Sport. Every time he touched the ball there was a purpose to it, he didnt try and force things, he took what was there.

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For a young kid at 17 to have that composure in the box, he had a picture of what he wanted – come in on the left foot, chop, like Van Persie, a good finish. Thats a top player, hes going to be a top player.

The striker has made just one Premier League start for United in his young career, but Hargreaves believes he is ready to take on the domestic league after his impressive showing in Europe.

I think he could play in the Premier League, hes going to be a big piece of the puzzle, continued the England international.

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Stay fit, stay healthy and the sky is the absolute limit for him, I think hes going to be a really special player.

I think he can be whatever he wants to be, he could be the top goal scorer in the Premier League one day.

I like how he can play multiple positions, can play on the right, left, through the middle, at 10, they just need to find his right position.

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Greenwood celebrates his goal against Astana (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Former United and England striker Michael Owen agreed with Hargreaves that Greenwood has an exceptionally bright future at Old Trafford, much brighter than some of the other youngsters given a chance on Thursday nighRead More – Source