Fortune blown away by 'ridiculous' talent

English Premier League

Manchester United U-23 coach Quinton Fortune admits he's been blown away by wonderkid Mason Greenwood after his seamless transition from the academy into the first-team.

Greenwood, 18, made his debut under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in March last year and has since developed into of the brightest talents in the Premier League.

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The 2019/20 campaign has been a breakout season for the United academy product with a staggering conversation rate surpassing club-record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

With 13 goals and five assists in just 19 starts, the meteoric rise has not surprised the former South Africa midfielder, who witnessed his rapid progression to the Red Devils first-team.

Scroll through the gallery below to see where Greenwood ranks amongst the best teens in world football according to Football Talent Scout

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"Mason is fortunate he's got Ole as a manager. Obviously there are all the coaches he's had through his youth-team career but he couldn't ask for a better manager because Ole’s done it at the highest level," Fortune told the club's website.

"There's not many players in world football that are able to go both ways as Mason does. Equally, left and right foot, he's ridiculous.

"I thought he was left-footed and then he takes penalties with his right! And I've seen him take a free-kick with his right foot, his left foot. I'm like 'what's wrong with you!? Just pick one! Are you okay?'"

Fortune also added that Greenwood's off the field behaviour of studying opponents with the team's technical analysts displays his desire to improve and labelled him 'the real deal' but lauded his predatory instincts too.

"I'm waiting for him to have a burst of speed but he's so good around the box. Stepover, boom! He's just created that one little yard for him and boom!

"As a defender, which way do you show Mason? He can go right, he can go left. I don’t even know, the guy's got everything."

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