Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sings Mason Greenwood's praises
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sings Mason Greenwood's praises

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed teenager Mason Greenwood to bounce back in form ahead of the side's match against Chelsea.

Greenwood has seen his career rise since his senior debut in March 2019 and saw himself nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 19-year-old registered 17 goals across all competitions last season and was handed his England debut in September 2020 but was eventually sent home by Gareth Southgate after he and Phil Foden of Manchester City broke bio-secure bubble rules in Iceland.

According to reports, management has called Greenwood in to discuss his concerning behaviour but according to Solskjaer, no such talks have been opened.

“You do (make a target for yourself) when you play well and I’m not concerned at all with Mason making a target of himself,” Solskjaer said.

“He’s come in, he’s played fantastic, he played his first league game against Tottenham last season, was brilliant and just kicked on.

“Yeah, he’s made a mistake this summer with England and suddenly the whole English press go after him and that’s something we’ve got to look after.

“He’s a fantastic boy to work with. I have to disappoint you, he’s never, ever late for training, he’s never a problem when he’s in the training ground. He’s always on time.

“I’ve seen the stories, actually some ex-United players talking about him and they don’t really know what they’re talking about because, well, we’ve got photographers outside the training ground every day so they can check the time every day.

“I don’t know where these stories have come from and I’ve just got to say he’s got a good family behind him, he’s had a good background in the academy.

“He’s a good trainer, he trains really well, and I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional.

“So, anyway, that’s something we have to deal with many players. Many other players at United have had that.”

“I think Mason learned a harsh lesson this summer, of course,” the boss continued.

“It’s just a reality of when you do well at Man United you’ll be under the spotlight, whether it’s good or bad.

“The more bad decisions, the more likely you are to be followed.

“When you play well, you just keep yourself out of the limelight in that respect.

“He’s never been an issue here training. He trains really well, I really enjoy seeing him develop and hopefully, he’s shaken off his illness and he’ll be ready for this weekend.”

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