Manchester United manager, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has hit out at the media for the way they’ve attacked Mason Greenwood lately.
The teenager had a fantastic debut season for Man United’s senior team to earn his first England call-up. But over the last three months, things seem to have gotten bad for him.
Greenwood’s woes began after he sneaked women into the team hotel, while on international duty with England, which led to him being sent home, before a video surfaced online that showed him inhaling ‘hippy crack’.
The media coverage of the youngster’s personal life and football career have had negativity written all around it lately, and that has led to fans and United officials calling for him to be protected some more.
The latest negative news surrounding Greenwood came after he missed the game against Everton, just before the international break, with British media suggesting it was because his attitude to training hasn’t been good enough.
Solskjaer debunked the reports when they surfaced initially, and during his pre-match conference on Friday afternoon, when the matter was brought up again, he reiterated the club’s position on the teenager.
He said, “You have to take a step back sometimes, the boy’s only 19, he’s had a fantastic year.
“If we go a year back I left him out of the Carabao Cup against Chelsea, Mason stayed back and played against Doncaster in the Checkatrade Trophy to get game time, that’s how far he’s come.
“Now he’s got 19 goals, made his England debut, scored in his first Under-21s game and of course the headlines are gonna be about when he scores and doesn’t play.
“Everyone’s allowed to not be well, if you’re not well you can’t train. He’s been away eight or nine days from training, we’re just building him up again and I have no doubts about him. He has a very good head on him and the talent is there for all to see.”
Greenwood trained with Manchester United this week, and should be ready to play against West Brom, barring any last minute changes, and hopefully, he can silence his critics.