Mason Greenwood: Manchester United demanded striker rested and not called up for England

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Greenwood scored 18 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions for Manchester United last season

Manchester United have called for Mason Greenwood to be rested and not called up by England for Nations League duty, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.

Greenwood, 18, made his senior debut against Iceland on September 5 after making 50 appearances in all competitions for United last season.

He and Phil Foden of Manchester City were later sent home by the England team for breaking the rules of the coronavirus.

“I did my best to allow him to rest during the summer,” Solskjaer said.

“The club, we specifically asked and stressed that it should have rested.

“He needs it mentally and physically after this season he’s had. The first thing that happens is, one, he’s called, and two, he’s right there in the press.

“We have done everything we can to protect him and I will continue to help him. “

Forward Greenwood apologized for the “embarrassment he caused” in Iceland, and was subsequently required to issue a statement about his “Poor judgment” when inhaling nitrous oxide, after “historical pictures” of him doing this were published in a newspaper.

Solskjaer has confirmed that Greenwood will be involved in United’s opening Premier League season against Crystal Palace on Saturday at 5.30 p.m. BST.

“With the Covid tests and protocols, he trained on his own for a little while. We did some tests and as soon as possible he was with us. He is part of this group, ”added Solskjaer.

“This is where he feels at home. He is not comfortable, we challenge him, we have people taking care of him.

He added: “We have to understand that this is an 18 year old kid who needs to be managed. “

Maguire “trains well and concentrates”

The United Nations League’s English campaign has also seen United captain Harry Maguire dropped from Gareth Southgate’s squad just hours after being selected following his arrest on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Maguire, 27, was given a suspended prison sentence after being convicted of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and repeated attempts at bribery. He maintains his innocence and appealed the decision, which overturns the conviction.

“Knowing Harry, he’s a very strong character, so hopefully he can put that aside,” Solskjaer said.

“But, of course, as a human being, it will be on his mind what happened this summer.

“Personally I think he can focus on his football, but you can’t predict how people will react. But so far he’s trained well, he’s been focused. “

Solskjaer refuses to “speculate” on Sancho

Solskjaer declined to be drawn to the ongoing transfer saga between United and Borussia Dortmund against England winger Jadon Sancho.

It is understood that United can live up to the 20-year-old’s personal conditions, but there is no agreement on the fees, and the Bundesliga side are increasingly confident in keeping him.

“You know I can’t say anything about players from other clubs out of respect for them. I can’t speculate, ”Solskjaer said.

“But we understand that in order to go even further, firstly, we have to develop what we have, and secondly, we are also looking to strengthen the team.

“I’ve been in dialogue with the club, of course we are still talking and hoping to see if we can bring someone in. “

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