Mason Greenwod is loving working alongside Edinson Cavani and admits all of the young strikers at Manchester United look up to the experienced Uruguayan.
In Cavani, United have a player who has been top goalscorer in Ligue 1 and Serie A prior to his arrival in England and is one of the most experienced strikers still playing at the top level, with 118 caps and 51 goals for Uruguay.
He may have turned 34 in February but Cavani has proven he still knows where the back of the net is at Old Trafford.
Since joining on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, he has notched 15 goals in 17 starts and 18 substitute appearances for the club.
Indeed, Cavani has scored eight goals in his last seven outings, despite only four of them being starts, and his header during the 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday was his fifth in the Premier League from the bench – equalling a club record held by Chicharito and current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Once again it was Cavani’s impressive movement which saw him score on Sunday, as he ran across his defender to glance in Marcus Rashford’s cross in the 87th minute.
It was United’s third goal of the afternoon, after Bruno Fernandes’ equaliser from the penalty spot was followed by another classy finish by Greenwood, who rolled Villa defender Tyrone Mings before finding the bottom corner with a low, left-footed drive.
After the game, Greenwood discussed the influence Cavani was having on the squad in an interview with MUTV.
“He’s exactly the same as last week, you know what he's going to do but you can’t seem to stop him," Greenwood said.
"He’s still scoring goals, it was exactly the same against Roma. It’s nice to watch from on the bench, to watch his movement when he scores.
“It’s his movement, everyone knows he can do it but they can’t stop it, I’m sure we’re all learning off him – me, Rashy, all the attackers and all the young lads are looking up to him – so it’s good to have him there.”
Greenwood is enjoying a hot run of form himself, with seven goals in his last ten outings to take his tally for the season to 11 goals in all competitions.
Greenwood now has 28 goals for United’s senior side and with 16 of those coming in the Premier League, he is now the club’s top-scoring teenager since the competition’s creation in 1992.
Greenwood added: “I knew he [Mings] was coming tight so if I get a little move I can get half a yard and I finished it well, so I’m happy with my goal today.
“Hopefully there's many more to come. I want to try and keep scoring goals so nobody else comes and breaks the record in the future."
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