Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Mason Greenwood has ‘grown’ and is now ‘more mature’ following Manchester United’s concerns over his attitude and being kicked out of the England …

January 27, 2021 Off By Oha

Mason Greenwood scored an equaliser United’s 3-2 FA Cup win over LiverpoolIt was his first goal in 11 appearances since scoring at West Ham in December Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Greenwood to build on his performanceSolskjaer has also praised the youngster for growing and maturing at Unit

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Mason Greenwood to kick-start his Manchester United career, and warned the teenage star that he cannot sit back and wait for it to happen.

Greenwood scored United’s opening goal and assisted on the second for Marcus Rashford in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Liverpool.

It was the 19-year-old’s first goal in 11 games since he was on target at West Ham in early December, and one of only four in 23 appearances this term.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged Mason Greenwood to build on his performance in their FA Cup win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged Mason Greenwood to build on his performance in their FA Cup win

Greenwood has gone through a difficult spell in the wake of his breakthrough season at United in which he scored 17 goals in 49 games.

He was expelled from the England squad in September following his senior debut in Iceland for inviting girls into the team hotel, and also censured by United over his attitude.

Solskjaer believes the youngster is maturing and has picked up good habits from veteran striker Edinson Cavani, but still needs to work hard to make sure his progress doesn’t stall again.

‘We think Mason is going to be very important in the second half of the season, but it’s not just going to happen by itself,’ said the United boss as his Premier League leaders prepare to face bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

‘He scored against West Ham a while back as well and was expected to kick on. He’s taken steps, he’s grown, he’s more mature and he’s been training with Edinson Cavani for half a season.

‘He’s learning good habits, and whoever doesn’t learn from players like him, or Bruno (Fernandes) or the players we’ve brought in, that’s a pity. 

It was Greenwood's first goal in 11 appearances since scoring at West Ham in early December

It was Greenwood’s first goal in 11 appearances since scoring at West Ham in early December

Greenwood has endured a difficult time following his breakthrough season at Man United

Greenwood has endured a difficult time following his breakthrough season at Man United

‘I’m very confident that Mason will chip in good performances and with goals and assists.

‘We talk about the second season syndrome and if you take your eye off the ball for just a slight second, the Premier League is unforgiving.

‘I have always said that 99 per cent effort is 100 per cent failure. Of course, players who ease off in training every single day a little bit – I’m not saying this is Mason, I’m saying it’s the case for every single one – it’s always a learning curve and a test.

‘They know my demands on the standards and habits and physical demands and the running stats. I look at them every game. There is no hiding place and I’m not hiding that fact either.

‘It takes a hell of a good player to be able to rest. Maybe once or twice Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed to with us back in the day, but not many more at Man United.’

Solskjaer believes Greenwood has 'matured' since being sent home from international duty

 Solskjaer believes Greenwood has ‘matured’ since being sent home from international duty

He says Greenwood is picking up good habits from veteran striker Edinson Cavani (above)

He says Greenwood is picking up good habits from veteran striker Edinson Cavani (above)

Greenwood has seen Solskjaer pick Rashford, Paul Pogba, Dan James and Juan Mata ahead of him on the right flank this season, and will soon face even greater competition with new signing Amad Diallo set to make his debut next month.

‘That’s his preferred position,’ added Solskjaer. ‘He will get the time to prove that he’s the one.

‘We have options but I think when you look at the squad and you look at Amad, you think ‘yeah that’s probably where we’ll work to fit you in’.’

The United manager must decide whether to give Greenwood another opportunity on Wednesday and risk Rashford who trained on Tuesday despite picking up a slight knee injury against Liverpool.