Solskjaer says Greenwood has "learned harsh lesson" after England antics

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Mason Greenwood has “learned a harsh lesson” – but defended the youngster over accusations of unprofessionalism.

Manchester United boss Solskjaer denied Greenwood, 19, had been spoken to over ill-discipline, specifically being late for training sessions.

But the United boss did admit Greenwood knows he is now under more scrutiny than ever, after he was sent home from England duty in disgrace last month.

Greenwood and Phil Foden were axed from Gareth Southgate's England squad for breaking strict Covid-19 protocols by sneaking two women into the team hotel in Iceland.

Solskjaer said: “I think Mason learned a harsh lesson this summer, of course.

“It's the reality that, when you do well at Manchester 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.

“But he's never been an issue here in training, he trains really well and I really enjoy seeing him develop. I've seen some ex-United players talking about him and they don't know what they're talking about.

“We have a great record and tradition and history of bringing our players through. That means from early on you get good habits, we trust you, you can express yourselves.

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“Mason's come through this programme, he's done fantastically and he'll be kicking on I'm sure. He's a very exciting boy to work with.

Asked if Greenwood, who has not featured in United's last two squads, had made himself a target with his off-field conduct, Solskjaer said: “I'm not concerned at all with Mason making a target of himself.

“He's a fantastic boy to work with. He's never, ever late for training. He's never a problem when he's at the training ground.

“We've got photographers outside the training ground every day so they can see he's on time every day. He's got a good family behind him, a good background in the academy and he's a good trainer."

Solskjaer claimed Greenwood missed the wins away to Newcastle and PSG because the striker was suffering from "a niggle".

However, yesterday the United boss said he hoped Greenwood, who is expected to start today, had recovered from his "illness".

Solskjaer said: "Hopefully he's shaken off his illness and he'll be ready for this weekend."

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