Greenwood’s marvellous breakthrough season for United earned him his first England call-up as Gareth Southgate announced his squad on Tuesday for the upcoming Nations League clashes against Iceland and Denmark next month.
The United academy product equalled a record set by club legends Rooney, Brian Kidd and George Best, becoming just the fourth teenager to score 17 goals in a single season for the Red Devils.
The forward could also match the likes of Rooney and Liverpool hero Owen on the international stage by establishing himself for the Three Lions at such a young age.
With the Euros pushed back until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the wonderkid will be given more time to gain experience and Ferdinand backs the talented striker to make a big impact.
The ex-England centre-back told SunSport: ‘Could the Euros being delayed by a year actually work out for Mason? Probably, yeah.
‘But the great players, when they’re ready, they’re ready. You don’t care about their age.
‘Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney are two great examples. Owen burst on to the scene at the 1998 World Cup and Mason could do the same, given the chance.
‘I love him. He’s a great talent and what I also love about him is his demeanour, his character.’
‘He’s just doing it on a different pitch and in a bigger stadium, with more people watching. He’s got all the same habits. He’s a natural goalscorer who is going to score loads and loads of goals.
‘No matter the stage, same face, same expression, same way he carries himself. He knows he’s good enough, ‘Just give me the ball and I’ll do it’.
‘He ain’t got all that stuff going on off the pitch. There are no airs and graces about him. There isn’t anything else he’s worried about. He’s just worried about how good he can be as a footballer. Which is what I really love.’