Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is finding it “very, very difficult” to leave Mason Greenwood out of his Manchester United side.
After making his full debut at the end of last season, 18-year-old Greenwood has been invited further into the first-team fold.
The striker has started seven games this season – five in the Europa League, one in the League Cup and one in the Premier League win over Tottenham.
Greenwood also netted his first Premier League goal in the 3-3 draw against Sheffield United, following that up with the equaliser in last week’s 1-1 draw against Everton.
Solskjaer is thus struggling to find a reason to drop him.
“He’s making it hard for me to leave him out,” the United boss said. “I remember when I came to the club and I kept scoring a few goals and even though I felt I could have performed better, the manager’s comments were ‘it’s 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.”
United face Colchester at Old Trafford on Wednesday with a place in the League Cup semi-finals on the line, and Solskjaer is not treating the game lightly.
“Any young team will benefit from winning a trophy,” he said. “The prize now is to get to a semi-final and then you’re not too far away, so the motivation and the attitude will be right on Wednesday definitely.
“I think we showed by the team we put out against Chelsea that we’re taking it seriously – even though we were in a difficult spell in the league.
“It was still important for us to create that momentum and the belief in the players so definitely we’re hoping to get to the final.
“It’s massive for a player the first trophy he wins, no matter which one it is. For me I remember when Patrice [Evra] and Nemanja [Vidic] won our first trophy against Wigan in the final in 2006 and of course they got that feeling.
“When you get that feeling of winning it’s something that you want more and more of. We have a few players that won the title, but there’s less and less left of them so for us it would be massive.”