Alan Shearer questioned why Mason Greenwood wasn’t deployed as a central striker for Manchester United against Southampton yesterday.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2 last night, Shearer quizzed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision not to play Greenwood down the middle at Saint Mary’s on Sunday.
United could only manage a draw with their hosts, having gone behind in the first half.
They burst back into life after the interval and were level on 55 minutes thanks to a Greenwood goal.
The teenager is now on two out of two for the campaign, building upon his opening day strike at home to Leeds United.
However, he was forced to play out wide due to the reintroduction of Anthony Martial as the main no.9.
Martial struggled to make any significant impact on the tie and was replaced just before the hour mark.
Shearer suggests Greenwood goes up top
Shearer couldn’t believe Greenwood made way for his French teammate, urging Solskjaer to reposition the attackers for the next game.
“I was slightly surprised in his team selection today, in terms of playing Martial down the middle,” said the Newcastle United icon.
“I watched Greenwood last week as a centre-forward, that’s where he’ll end up, I’ve no doubt about that and he will score loads and loads of goals. He’s got that much about him.
“So when he played that well last week, I thought he offered everything. He offered a threat running behind, coming short, spinning, I thought he was superb.
“So to then move him so that Martial can come in the middle today, I didn’t think United had that spark they had last week and that was maybe one of the reasons.”
Greenwood was on top form when United hosted Leeds at Old Trafford earlier this month.
His movement and understanding of his colleagues was excellent.
He finished off a fine Paul Pogba pass in typically unerring fashion, a combination that also unlocked Southampton.
The same cannot be said for Martial, who offered very little as United’s focal point down by the coast.
With Jadon Sancho yet to start for the club and Marcus Rashford still to return, the former Monaco star might find his opportunities lessen as the weeks go by.