Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Tried to Get Mason Greenwood Out of England Squad

Mason Greenwood

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that he tried to get Mason Greenwood out of the England squad after the youngster received his first call-up.

Greenwood played 51 times last season for United, scoring 19 and assisting five times. This form earned him a call-up to the England squad.

He would go on to make his debut for Gareth Southgate‘s side in the 1-0 win against Iceland. However, he was sent home after the game for breaking COVID-19 protocols.

Greenwood, alongside Manchester City youngster Phil Foden, was sent home after it was revealed they had invited two girls to their hotel room.

Solskjaer Tried to Get Mason Greenwood out of England Squad

Solskjaer’s Comments

Speaking in his press conference for United’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Solskjaer said: “The kid had a fantastic season, he’s just come through. I’ve worked and the club have worked really to when we gave Mason enough time on the pitch.

“Then you come to the end of the season and we’ve had less than two weeks off and he’s called up.

“I tried my best to give him a rest over the summer, we asked specifically he should have had a rest.

“He needs it mentally and physically and the first thing that happens is that he’s called up and right there in the press.”

Greenwood Trained on His Own After England Duty

After returning from England, Greenwood was forced to train on his own whilst he waited for a COVID-19 test result. This test was required because of the youngster breaking the rules. However, Solskjaer confirmed that the player is in contention for Saturday’s game and is now training back with the group.

“He’s part of the group. With this testing and the COVID protocols he trained by himself for a little while.

“We had some tests done, and of course as soon as it was possible he was with us. He’s a big part of this group and this is where he feels at home.”

Greenwood himself would issue an apology on his return to United.

It read: “Having now had the chance to reflect on what’s happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused.

“It was irresponsible of me to break the COVID-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public.

“I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down, when he had shown great trust in me.

“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake.

“I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.”

 

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