Watch: Rio Ferdinand compares Mason Greenwood to Ruud van Nistelrooy


Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has compared Mason Greenwood’s clinical finishing to that of Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Greenwood enjoyed a sensational breakthrough season at United in 2019-20, scoring 17 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions.

“He is one of the best, if not the best finisher I have worked with and seen,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BBC Sport in July 2020. “He is so calm. He knows where to finish if it is on the training ground, here or in his garden at home.”

Fitness issues have hampered his start to 2020-21, but the 19-year-old came off the bench to provide an assist to Daniel James in the 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir.

While working as a pundit for BT Sport, Ferdinand admitted that he sees similarities between the young forward and Van Nistelrooy, who scored 150 goals in 219 appearances for the club.

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