Crystal Palace star, Andros Townsend, has weighed in on the current struggles of Manchester United star, Mason Greenwood.
The teenager made headlines last season, after breaking into Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, and scoring an impressive 17 goals across all competitions.
However, this season has seen the 18 year old struggle both on and off the pitch, with reports claiming United bosses are unhappy with his attitude to training.
And former Tottenham player, Townsend believes it’s a tough time for Greenwood, who will now need the support of family and friends and colleagues to beat his problems. Townsend also noted that Greenwood may have to speak to a psychologist in order to handle things better.
Speaking on talkSPORT about the situation, he said, “Of course it starts with the player himself, but I can empathise with Mason Greenwood having been through that ‘build you up to knock you down’ media scrutiny.
“It’s tough and he needs players around him like Harry Magiure, experienced players who have been through it, to put their arm around him. He needs his manager to stay by his side, which I know Ole probably will.
“He needs family and good friends around him, and the other thing is he needs to see a sports psychologist. Somebody who has spoken to other players in his position and who knows what’s going on from the outside to help him through it.
“I have no doubt Mason Greenwood is a very young player who seems to have his head screwed on. Yes, he’s made mistakes, but, yes, he is young and learning. If he gets over this little blip he’s on then he will get to the other side a better player.”
United have already denied the claims about Greenwood showing a poor attitude to training, but with the reports getting stronger and stronger now, it would be good if the forward got help for his situation.