Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer praised Mason Greenwood for his brace against Alkmaar during the Europa League Group match on Thursday in which United won 4-0.

The Norwegian international went down Memory Lane to when he first met the 18-year-old.

“I actually remember when I met him for the first time because my son was training at the Cliff as an eight-year-old,” said Solskjaer.

“Mason was seven. The first time I saw him he stood out and I took a picture with him. 

“I asked him because I knew he was going to be a player. He has probably got it, or his dad has probably got it. 

“He’s now here. It’s just what we do.”

Solskjaer also praised Man Utd academy for turning out quality players over the years. He said he remains committed to helping the youths in the academy to play in the first team and upholding their rich traditions.

“It’s something we’re proud of, it’s in our DNA,” said Solskjaer. “This club is built on having your own local lads or academy players coming through. We pride ourselves on that. 

“You can see (against Alkmaar), the academy players know what it means. They’re good people, that’s the first thing. 

“They’re great people. Everyone that goes through this academy, and they are good players as well, they know what it takes to be a Man United player.”

According to Evening Standard, Sunday’s match against Everton will make it 4000 consecutive games in which an academy graduate has been included in the first-team squad.