Wes Brown thinks Mason Greenwood “needs to focus on Manchester United” amid talk that an England call-up could be on the way.
The 18-year-old has been impressive when called upon this season by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring nine goals in all competitions, including four in the Premier League.
Brown acknowledges that Greenwood, who played 64 minutes as Man Utd beat Wolves 1-0 in the FA Cup on Wednesday night, is likely to become an England star in the future but insists there is no need to rush the youngster.
“Honestly, if you watched him for the U23s you’d understand his capabilities,” Brown told The Metro.
“The question obviously is can he do it in the first team on a permanent basis? A lot of the times he’s been coming on as a sub but he only ever needs one or two opportunities to make a difference.
“You can see the quality he has. He’s very young and Ole is doing the right thing with him at the moment. But quality-wise, it’s all there to see.
“I’m sure in the future he’s definitely going to be one for England. Is that going to be happening soon? I doubt it. Does he need that right now? Probably not.
“He needs to focus on Manchester United but you cannot question his quality.”