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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was all smiles when asked about Mason Greenwood’s impressive display against Kazakh side Astana in their first Europa League game of the season.

The 17-year-old scored the goal that made the difference as United grabbed 3 points in the group L fixture with a 1-0 victory.

“To get him inside the box, you know something’s going to happen,” the United boss said.

“He can go inside, he can go outside. A great finish through the legs of the ‘keeper. Most of the time that’s quite open.

“For sure it is natural for him to play football, natural for him to score goals, to be in and around the box.”

“As I said yesterday he knows how to hit a ball. Maybe he hit too hard in the first half, where he should have curled it a little bit more in the top corner.

“But he showed glimpses today of what he can become.”

When asked whether he was right to let Romelu Lukaku and Alexos Sanchez leave this summer, the Norwegisn was positive.

“For me it was the right decision.”

“Because I think for the club and for him, I think he’s going to be important for us this season.

“He’s not played a lot so far but he’ll get his minutes and he’ll grow and develop.”

Greenwood’s growing influence looks set to be rewarded by United with a new and improved contract soon enough.

“We’re always in talks with the boys, how we see the future,” said Solskjaer, who saw David de Gea and Victor Lindelof extend their deals this week

“And Mason is obviously one we want to keep with us.”

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