Thu, 13 Aug 2020

Revitalised by the January signing of Bruno Fernandes, United were in fine form before football's three-month coronavirus shutdown.

But far from seeing their momentum slowed, the manner in which Solskjaer's men have returned has raised hopes they could even mount a title challenge to Liverpool and Manchester City next season.

Greenwood did not let the lockdown period go to waste as he reportedly gained three kilograms of muscle mass.

"Mason is looking more and more like a man," said Solskjaer prior to the season's restart.

It has shown on the field as the teenager has started three consecutive Premier League games for the first time, during which United have scored 11 goals.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial's goals against Bournemouth took them to the 20-goal mark in the season for the first time and with an average of just 21, United's front three have the potential to bring back the glory days of the Ferguson era in the coming years.

"He's always eager to learn and he reminds me, mentality-wise, of how I was when I was younger," said Rashford. "If you keep learning, there's no limit to what you can become."

United's immediate future is focused on securing a return to Champions League football, with a trip to relegation-threatened Aston Villa next up on Thursday.

The swagger and speed with which United have played in the past three games has come, significantly, in the only three matches Fernandes and Pogba have started together.

Pogba seemed destined to leave Old Trafford for the second time in his career prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, with finances tighter across European football, it is unlikely interest from Real Madrid will materialise this summer.

For the first time in his second spell at United, Pogba's role in the midfield suits his skill-set, with Nemanja Matic providing the platform for the French World Cup winner and Fernandes to share the creative burden.

"We know that they (Rashford, Martial and Greenwood) can score goals, we know that they've got pace, energy, they're youthful, they'll learn, they'll improve," added Solskjaer.

"With the players that we have that can provide the passes with Paul and Bruno, the creativity that we've got in the team now is exciting."

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