Solskjaer defends under-fire Man Utd striker Greenwood

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Friday defended the professionalism of Mason Greenwood, saying the “whole English press” have targeted the Manchester United forward after he was sent home from England duty last month.

The 19-year-old has made a big impact at Old Trafford since making his first-team debut in March 2019, scoring 17 goals last season and recently making his international debut.

Greenwood was sent home from his first England camp for breaching coronavirus protocols in Iceland and he has reportedly been warned about his behaviour, including his time-keeping, by the club.

But Solskjaer, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, brushed that issue aside as the teenager prepares to make his return against Chelsea this weekend.

“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,” said the United boss.

“He’s come in, he’s played fantastic, he played his first league game against (Arsenal) 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.”

Solskjaer described Greenwood as 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 said.

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