Ryan Giggs has reacted after Mason Greenwood was handed his iconic Manchester United shirt number (Pictures: Getty)

Ryan Giggs insists Mason Greenwood is more than capable of handling the pressure of taking his iconic Manchester United shirt number.

Highly-rated teenager Greenwood has been handed the No.11 shirt ahead of the new season, following his breakout performances during the 2019-20 campaign.

Giggs wore the No.11 shirt throughout his extraordinary Manchester United career, in which he made close to 1,000 appearances and won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues.

Greenwood made 49 appearances for the Red Devils last season, scoring 17 goals to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finish third in the Premier League and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Speaking out after Greenwood was handed his old shirt number, Giggs told The Sun: ‘Mason has already nearly scored more goals than I did, so there’s no pressure in that respect.

‘But no, I don’t think he’ll feel the pressure of the number.

‘He’s a brilliant player, who I don’t think he even looks like scoring every game – I think he’s going to score two every game, he’s that much of a threat.

Giggs wore the No.11 shirt with great distinction during his Old Trafford career (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s been playing off the right – eventually, I think he will go as a centre-forward.

‘But he needs to go again. Opposition will be aware of him and they’ll be trying to stop him.

‘He’s got to find a way to keep improving, which I’m sure he will do because he’s very hard to stop – left or right foot, his movement’s good.

‘And he’s in an attacking team with the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes, who can find him.’

It has been a difficult few weeks for Greenwood, who was axed from England’s squad for the recent Nations League fixtures after being caught meeting women at a hotel in Iceland.

This week, a video emerged of the Manchester United academy graduate, 18, inhaling laughing gas.

Red Devils legend Giggs, meanwhile, expects his former club to close the gap on defending Premier League champions Liverpool this season.

Greenwood enjoyed a breakthrough season last year (Picture: Getty)

He added: ‘Liverpool start the season as favourites, purely because of what they’ve done the last couple of years.

‘It’s up to the rest to step up. City will, I’m sure United will and Chelsea have been really decisive in the transfer market.

‘So I expect them to get closer to Liverpool.’

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