Manchester United drag Mason Greenwood in for a talking-to about his lateness with club bosses frustrated with young striker – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims dropping him was NOT due to off-the-field issues
Mason Greenwood has been spoken to by Manchester United following issues with punctuality.
The 19-year-old striker — who was axed from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain and Saturday’s 4-1 win at Newcastle — is believed to have frustrated Old Trafford officials with what has been described as ‘general tardiness’.
Rumours that an off-the-field matter was behind the decision to keep him at home for the match in France have been rife.
Mason Greenwood has been spoken to by Manchester United following issues with punctuality
The teenage striker is believed to have frustrated officials at Old Trafford over his ‘tardiness’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer denied claims he was left out of the squad because of off-the-field issues
But Solskjaer delivered a flat ‘no’ when that was put to him after the 2-1 triumph.
On Saturday, the manager had said that Greenwood was ‘unfit to play’. Questions were subsequently raised when pictures emerged of the United academy product training hours before the travelling party flew to Paris.
When asked to provide details of the injury, Solskjaer said: ‘I can’t declare medical stuff, can I? It’s just a niggle and, as young as he is, we don’t want to take any chances with him. Hopefully at the weekend he’ll be fine again.’
Solskjaer is expected to maintain that the player has a slight niggle, but sources have told this newspaper that there is a concern over his timekeeping which has been addressed.
Greenwood was sent home by England last month for disciplinary reasons after he and team-mate Phil Foden, 20, broke Covid protocols by inviting two women back to the team hotel in Iceland. Both issued public apologies, with Greenwood promising to learn from his ‘huge mistake’.
Solskjaer said the forward was unfit to face PSG but he trained before the squad travelled
Greenwood was left out of the England squad this season for disciplinary reasons after he and Phil Foden broke Covid protocols by meeting with two girls at the team hotel in Iceland
Each was fined £1,360 by police in Iceland for the Covid breach.
Greenwood and Foden missed the subsequent Nations League match in Denmark and they were not recalled for the Wembley fixtures against Wales, Belgium and the Danes this month.
Given United’s limited attacking options, Greenwood would have been in the frame to start at St James’ Park.
But Solskjaer instead recalled Daniel James, with Anthony Martial suspended and new signing Edinson Cavani in quarantine.
‘Mason wasn’t fit to play, so we had to leave him out,’ Solskjaer said. ‘We hope he will recover quickly.’
United declined to comment.