Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick to transform Greenwood after ‘unnecessary’ Haaland comparison

Man Utd's youngsters held by Young Boys

Ralf Rangnick believes Mason Greenwood can emulate Erling Haaland as the standout striking sensation in Europe

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has talked up the similarities between Mason Greenwood and Erling Haaland in the aftermath of Wednesday’s game against Young Boys.

Rangnick believes that Greenwood needs to be more athletic and develop physically, a feature that is akin to Haaland.

Greenwood was on target for Manchester United on Wednesday as he shone during the Red Devils Champions League fixture against Young Boys. Meanwhile, Haaland had a two-goal cameo in Borussia Dortmund’s colours in Tuesday’s 5-0 bashing of Besiktas.

Mason Greenwood opened the scoring for Manchester United against Young Boys

After United’s 1-1 draw with Young Boys, the German tactician said: “Sometimes he looks a bit not on an athletic level. I think we have to develop him there physically, but technically all the things that he can do with the ball are outstanding.”

Rangnick noted that if Greenwood is successful with his physical development then he can become a big part of the squad for the future.

“So, I am not so much worried about his technical level. We need to develop him physically and mentally to become the strongest version of himself. And if we manage to do that, he can become a regular player and a valuable player for our club in the future.”

On comparing the English and German hotshots, Rangnick said that Haaland is more of a target man and suited as a lone striker while Greenwood is more comfortable on the wings as well as a number nine.

Erling Haaland scored for Dortmund at  Wolfsburg last weekend on his return from injury
Erling Haaland scored for Dortmund at Wolfsburg last weekend on his return from injury

“They are a different kind of striker. Erling, for me, is a target striker, who can play as a single striker like a target man or together with another striker in a 4-4-2.

“I think Mason is more of a nine-and-a-half. He can play as a striker, he can also come from the wing, he can play together with another striker and he’s very technical. Left foot, right foot.”

Rangnick was instrumental in Haaland’s development, scouting, and recruiting the Dortmund star when he was Director of Football with Red Bull, owners of Haaland’s for club RB Salzburg. The 64-year-old is famed for getting the best out of young stars and many would be hoping he can replicate the same with Mason Greenwood.

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