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Former Manchester United star Clayton Blackmore thinks Mason Greenwood should take United’s free-kicks this season.
Blackmore graduated from United’s prestigious academy himself before going on to make over 150 appearances for the club.
And when he retired, he spent time coaching in the youth setup, aiming to help develop the club’s next generation of talent.
Interestingly, Blackmore was one of the coaches that played a part in Greenwood’s education before he made his sensational breakthrough two years ago. Since then, Greenwood has established himself as one of the country’s most exciting youngsters.
The 19-year-old struggled for form at the beginning of last season, but he ended the campaign in stylish fashion.
While he’s mostly played on the right flank under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Blackmore actually thinks Greenwood’s future lies at centre-forward, leading the attack and he also suggested he should take United’s free-kicks, instead of Bruno Fernandes.
“He needs to make the transition into a centre-forward because he’s done that all his life, at the moment he’s a centre-forward playing off the front He’s a typical number 9 who can drop off and get on the ball when he wants to,” Blackmore told the MEN exclusively, via BonusFinder.
“A bit like how Mark Hughes and Eric Cantona used to work together. Mason as a kid growing up played there on his own in a front three and he could drop into midfield, take the ball and run at the defence.
“He’s a player who likes to carry the ball, he’s not a target man which some people believe centre-forwards have to be. His talent is scary, I watched him growing up and I’m shaking my head in disbelief watching him taking freekicks and penalties with both feet.
“Penalties I can see it, but freekicks are over 20 yards out most of the time and he’s hitting the target constantly with either foot. I’m surprised he’s not on them now, obviously Bruno is a decent set piece taker, but Mason is very good at them.”
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