Robin van Persie believes Mason Greenwood will be "very good" for Manchester United in the future because "he tries to copy me."
Van Persie, 36, was the last United player to pass the 20-goal mark in a Premier League season when he scored 26 under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012-13, the last time the Red Devils won the title.
This season, after Lukaku's summer exit to Inter Milan, the goalscoring duties have been left to Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and 18-year-old academy graduate Greenwood.
Rashford has thrived with the responsibility, already matching his previous best of 10 goals for a Premier League season:
Greenwood, meanwhile, has caught the eye with his remarkable finishing, and Van Persie believes he will make the grade at Old Trafford, per the UEFA Europa League's Instagram account (h/t Goal's James Westwood):
"I think he will be very good because during every game he tries to copy me. My style, my technique, my left foot, my way of finishing...so, I'm sure he will end up there [like me]."
Greenwood has scored three goals in the last week, all three immaculate left-footed finishes, to take his tally for the season in all competitions to seven goals in 19 senior appearances. He averages a goal every 110 minutes this term.
The teenager is a fantastic option for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have in his squad because he can play as a No. 9, a No. 10 or on the right flank.
Martial, Rashford and summer signing Daniel James make up arguably United's best front three at the moment, but Greenwood is making a good case for a starting spot:
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OGS will make changes for @ColU_Official but Mason Greenwood form gives him a problem. “He’s making it hard for me to leave him out. When I played manager said it was hard to keep players who score out of team. Is very difficult to put team out without having Mason in my mind”
Greenwood is likely to get plenty more opportunities over the Christmas period.
Starting with their Carabao Cup clash against Colchester United on Wednesday, United have six matches in 18 days, and Solskjaer will need to rotate his squad effectively if the Red Devils are to continue their recent run of good form.