Mason Greenwood has revealed Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay inspired him to break into Manchester United‘s first team.
And the United sensation has revealed what motivated him in the academy.
Mason Greenwood (L) has revealed Marcus Rashford (right) inspired him in his younger days
‘When I was younger, I looked up to Marcus, Jesse, Scott, all of them coming through,’ Greenwood told The Sun.
‘I was thinking: “If they’re doing it, I can do it as well”. They give you a nice footpath and a clear way to the first team.
‘They’re good role models for me, as I was watching them when I was younger — now I’m playing alongside them.
‘When you see the other players doing it, you’re thinking in the academy: ‘Why can’t I do it?’
Greenwood touch down in Germany with the rest of his team-mates including Jesse Lingard
‘And that’s every young boy’s dream in the academy — to get to the first team and be a regular at Man United. It’s the best thing you can do at this club.’
Greenwood will play at the empty RheinEnergie Stadion in Cologne which will do little to enhance the sense of occasion either as United face the prospect of three games behind closed doors at the 50,000-seater arena if they reach the final on August 21.
United are faced with a 13-day lockdown in Cologne if they go all the way to the final, not to mention the prospect of slumming it at fourth division Fortuna Koln’s training ground.
The United sensation has revealed seeing Scott McTominay’s progression motivated him