Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged striking sensation Mason Greenwood to play with ‘a pair of plums’ in Sunday’s Champions League showdown at Leicester.
Teenage hotshot Greenwood has already scored 18 goals this season as Manchester United chase down a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The Reds will qualify for the Champions League by avoiding defeat at the King Power on Sunday afternoon.
However, if the Reds lose and Chelsea avoid defeat against Wolves, Solskjaer’s men will miss out.
Despite the high stakes, Solskjaer is ready to place his trust the likes of 18-year-old Greenwood – who lifted Manchester United into third place with his midweek equaliser against West Ham.
He told the Daily Mirror: ‘Mason has shown that your temperament and your mental preparation – how you approach the game – is vital.
‘And when you’re Brandon Williams, when you’re Mason – when you’re one of the young kids who have come through this academy – they have no fear.
‘They know what we want from our players.
‘We want them to express their talents, we want them to take risks, we want them to play with… a pair of plums, to put it that way.
‘We just trust them to do that, we have great camaraderie in the team, the bonding is good and they are ready.
‘We have given ourselves a fantastic chance and have 90 minutes to get a result. If you want to be part of Manchester United you should get used to playing the last game of the season as a win-or-bust.
‘The bonding is good, but they are ready. Hopefully, we can get to cup finals in years to come and this is one game to experience and learn from – and, hopefully, get a result.
‘We’re trying to build a team that can win trophies, can put fear into teams and play without fear ourselves – because the DNA of this club is to go and attack teams.