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Rio Ferdinand expects Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood to do ‘crazy’ things in the game – but says Gareth Southgate got it right with his England decision.

The 20-year-old has only appeared once for the senior international team and saw his Euro 2020 dreams cut short before they started due to injury.

Greenwood made up for lost time there by kicking-off this domestic season in blistering form.

Indeed, the Bradford-born frontman netted in each of the opening three Premier League games, but while he has yet to add to that early tally, he remains one of the stand-out performers amid what has been a challenging run for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his United squad.

Following a draw at home to Everton on Saturday lunchtime, international players from Old Trafford are set to fly out for respective World Cup qualifiers across the planet – although Greenwood was a notable absentee from the latest England squad.

Despite a clamouring for him to be involved from those with United connections, though, pundit Ferdinand thinks Southgate was bang on the money – for one telling reason.

Speaking as part of his pre-Everton analysis for BT Sport, Ferdinand said: “I think it’s good management from Gareth Southgate. The key part there is he’s explaining it.

“He would’ve been at Carrington I’m sure to speak with Mason and Jude [Bellingham] separately and spoke to them and relaying that to the people and the public.

“They’ve got a pathway for these young players and Mason Greenwood is the best talent we’ve had for many years in this country and I think he’ll go on to do crazy things in football.”

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