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'He's never late for training' | Solskjaer critical of reports on Mason Greenwood

Shane Hannon
Shane Hannon

11:08 23 Oct 2020

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised some former club stars for comments about striker Mason Greenwood, and has denied he has ever been late for training.

The 19-year-old has missed United's last two games - away wins against Newcastle and PSG - with his Norwegian manager saying he had a knock.

However, reports emerged this week that Greenwood's tardiness at training was also becoming an issue.

Speaking at a press conference today though ahead of tomorrow's visit of Chelsea to Old Trafford in the Premier League, Solskjaer says he has no issues with the England international.

"I'm not concerned at all with Mason making a target for himself. He has come in played fantastic, kicked on and then he makes a mistake for England.

“But he's never ever late for training. I've seen some ex-United players talking about him and they don't know what they're talking about. He's got a good family behind him.

"He's a good trainer and I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional, that's something we have to deal with many players, many other players at United have had that.

"We have a great record and tradition of bringing our players through, that means from early on you get good habits, you express yourselves.

"Mason's come through this programme, done fantastic and will be kicking on I'm sure, he's a very exciting boy to work with."

United were without Greenwood, captain Harry Maguire, and new signing Edinson Cavani in Paris midweek, and Solskjaer is hopeful all three may be available for tomorrow's game.

"I hope and expect all three of them to be available for selection. I think they've got a chance all of them.

"Edinson, he wants to tick all of the boxes that he's gone through in his programme to feel ready to make an impact. I think his last preparation was going to be Friday, and then I'll have a discussion with him.

"It seemed positive on Thursday with both Mason and Harry Maguire."

United's last home outing was the hugely disappointing 6-1 loss against José Mourinho's Spurs, and Solskjaer says that unfortunately won't be an easy game to forget anytime soon.

"I don't think anything will erase that memory. It'll always be in the history books and we have always got to live with having that result.

"You can look back at different reasons why we had that result but we have got to move forward.

"It's happened so many times at this club that you have results out of the blue or setbacks, so far we have bounced back well."

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