Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United have found another Baby Faced Assassin in Mason Greenwood.

Solskjaer's youthful looks belied a ruthless nature in front of goal when he was a player in Sir Alex Ferguson's all-conquering United teams two decades ago.

And in 18-year-old Greenwood he recognises a kindred spirit who shows no fear on the Old Trafford stage.

Greenwood has scored 17 goals in his breakthrough season – including four in the last three games.

And Solskajer said: “At that age you've got so much energy, no fear, you just want to play football.

“If we had a day off, Mason would be out playing football with his mates.

“We just need to look after him. He's a fantastic boy who loves football and gets the rewards for his hard work.

“We know what he's capable of and always trusted him to be a part of this squad and chip in with performances and goals.

“He's just a natural footballer and when you put natural good footballers in with better footballers, that gives him more opportunities to show his qualities.

“This club knows what they're doing when they're educating players.”

Greenwood has been on fire since the restart

United are bidding for glory on three fronts on the back on a 17-match unbeaten run.

Their quest for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification continues when Southampton arrive at Old Trafford on Monday night.

Solskjaer admitted that returning to Europe's elite will help with his plans to make United title contenders again.

He said: “There's quite a lot of planning going on and that is obviously determined by how far we go in Europe.

“You've got to plan for different scenarios. I don't think the club would panic or go crazy with plans that we've already talked about for years to come.

Mirror Football's Top Stories

“You do have to have a long-term plan but some short-term decisions will be easier to make if you get the Champions League.”

Solskjaer added: “It's about developing culture, about doing the right things and taking one game at a time.

“Hopefully we can keep on pushing. Every day is a chance to make or break that culture.

“It's about winning - of course it is - but it's also about our fans and the way we approach the game.

“You play with pace, power and you play with no fear. You take risks and have players who have quality. That's just the DNA of the football club.”