Andros Townsend has urged Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood to see a sports psychologist to help him overcome the difficulties he is currently facing.
Despite his impressive breakthrough in United’s first-team last season, Greenwood has drawn criticism from off the pitch with the club increasingly concerned about his attitude.
Greenwood did not participate in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Everton with illness cited as the reason, but as Sportsmail reported on Tuesday, it is understood his performance in training on Friday was below par.
Manchester United starlet Mason Greenwood urged to see sports psychologist
Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend believes it would help him overcome the difficulties he faces
The club are also worried about Greenwood’s lifestyle, particularly how much sleep and rest he gets to stay in the condition needed to perform at the highest level.
Last month, it emerged that United spoke to the 19-year-old about his timing at the club.
Crystal Palace winger Townsend has now advised Greenwood to sit down with a sports psychologist to “help him get through” his difficulties away from the pitch.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Townsend said, “Of course it starts with the player himself, but I can understand that Mason Greenwood has gone through this ‘build yourself to knock yourself out’ media scrutiny.
“It’s difficult and he needs players around him like Harry Magiure, experienced players who have gone through him, to put their arms around him. He needs his manager to stay by his side, which I know Ole will probably do.
“He needs his family and good friends around him, and the other thing is he needs to see a sports psychologist. Someone who’s spoken to other players for him and knows what’s going on from the outside to help him get through.
“I have no doubt that Mason Greenwood is a very young player who seems to have his head screwed. Yes, he made mistakes, but yes, he is young and learning. If he overcomes this little problem, he will get a better player on the other side.
Greenwood has drawn criticism from off the pitch with the club concerned about his attitude
The club are worried about his lifestyle, especially how much sleep he sleeps
United were also forced to deny speculation on Monday that the teenager was involved in an exchange of words with Bruno Fernandes during a session at Carrington after failing to chase a pass from his teammate.
In September, Greenwood was fired from his service in England when he and his teammate Phil Foden broke Covid-19 protocol by inviting girls to the team hotel in Iceland. United issued a statement in which they were “disappointed”.
While Foden has been called up for all three internationals this month, Greenwood has been left out following discussions between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gareth Southgate.
It is understood Solskjaer wanted Greenwood, who has only made four starts for his club this season and has yet to complete a full 90 minutes, to train at Carrington instead.
United reportedly feel Greenwood – who also admitted to showing ‘bad judgment’ in September after a video of him inhaling nitrous oxide was released – need to focus on his development as a footballer.
Greenwood burst onto the scene last season, scoring 17 goals in 49 appearances for the senior team. This quarter, he has two goals in eight games.
Gareth Southgate left Greenwood from his England squad so he could train at Carrington