Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Mason Greenwood's sensational form is making it "very difficult" to drop the teenager.

Greenwood, 18, is enjoying a superb breakthrough campaign and has grabbed seven goals in all competitions - only Marcus Rashford has more goals for United this season.

The youngster could play a starring role in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Colchester, having followed up a brace and man-of-the-match display in the Europa League against AZ Alkmaar last week by hitting the leveller against Everton over the weekend.

And Solskjaer, speaking ahead of the cup clash on Wednesday, has heaped praise on Greenwood.

"He's making it hard for me to leave him out," Solskjaer said of the 18-year-old.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mason Greenwood celebrate

"I remember when I came to the club as well and I kept scoring a few goals but still I felt I could perform better, I'm not involved in the game, but the manager's comments were that it was hard to keep players who score out of the team.

"It's very, very difficult now to put a team out there without having Mason in my mind, yeah."

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba will again be sidelined as United take to the field on Wednesday, when Diogo Dalot could make his first appearance in 10 weeks.

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Marcos Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Eric Bailly remain sidelined as United look to progress past League Two side Colchester and reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

"Any player or any team - and for us now it's a good team that's building - would benefit a lot from winning a trophy or getting to a final, of course winning it is major," Solskjaer said.

"Now we've got a chance of getting into the semis so for us this game is a big one."