Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has backed Mason Greenwood to become a first-team regular in the future, after breaking into the senior squad this season.
The teenage forward scored the only goal of the game for the Red Devils in the 1-0 Europa League triumph against Astana two weeks ago and retained his starting spot for the trip to face AZ Alkmaar.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made eight changes for the clash with the Eredivisie side, bleeding a number of youngsters into the side, but Owen has warned not all of them will have a future at the club.
However, he is confident that Greenwood will benefit from his opportunities this term and will establish himself as a future star for Manchester United.
“It will be a positive for Manchester United fans to see all these players playing but not all of them will be United players of the future though,” he told BT Sport.
“This lad will be I think, Mason Greenwood. He’s a proper player. A few of them will have careers in the game and this is almost like their apprenticeship.
“It’s very odd that it’s happening in a Manchester United first-team but due to the lack of numbers, due to the lack of quality, it’s absolutely brilliant for the young players.
“For years and years they were probably thinking that they’re not going to get a chance under the likes of Jose Mourinho but now, all of a sudden, it’s the perfect time to be in their academy.”
While many are excited to see more of the United youngsters, former midfielder Owen Hargreaves has stated it is far too soon for them to carry the pressure that comes with the Red Devils shirt.
“I actually feel sorry for some of these young kids because they have to carry the burden of one of the biggest brands in the world at 18-years-old,” he added.
“Mason Greenwood, he is good, but he shouldn’t have to be in that position at 18-years-old. Even Rashford you could put into that category as well.
“These guys aren’t ready to carry the brand of one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s not really fair on them.”