Ole: Mason’s worked really hard

Saturday 21 August 2021 22:30

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised the attitude and application shown by Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood behind the scenes this summer.

The 19-year-old had received a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s provisional England squad for the European Championship but unfortunately had to withdraw due to injury. 

Having subsequently taken some time to recover, Mason was then able to return to United for a full pre-season ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, which included starts and valuable minutes of preparation on the pitch for him in all four of our summer outings.

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That preparation obviously paid dividends too, as shown in the Reds’ season opener last weekend, as the forward put on an impressive display leading the line against Leeds United and netted United’s decisive second goal in the match with a perfectly executed finish. 

Greenwood will now be looking to replicate that kind of showing in our next game against Southampton on Sunday and in the countdown to that one, Solskjaer has praised the attitude of our Academy graduate following his injury setback earlier this summer. 

“The boy has had problems, he’s had injury issues, he’s done really well to get through them,” Ole said during his pre-Saints press conference on Friday afternoon.  

“He’s worked really hard to get fit, and of course I can see the benefit of his work in the summer. 

“Mason would have wanted nothing more than to be playing at the Euros of course but that’s simply because he loves playing football, he loves playing for his country, and of course he loves playing for Manchester United.”
Our no.11 has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence in the senior setup since making his first-team debut as a late substitute during that memorable victory at Paris Saint-Germain back in March 2019. 

Last season alone, the forward made 52 appearances for United in all competitions, joint-fourth among all Reds with captain Harry Maguire and behind only Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. 
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And with the squad not able to have a proper pre-season last year due to COVID-19, Ole says that the opportunity to refresh and come back stronger ahead of the new campaign will benefit Greenwood going forward.  

“When you are a young boy, sometimes despite all the games and all the training it takes its toll on you, and you have to look after yourself; the boy is going to have a long career, for both his country and his club. 

“That’s of course not forgotten and it’s not just for Mason, it’s for all the other players that have so many games at the moment, there just seems to be more and more that they fit into their schedule.  

“But when it didn’t happen for Mason this summer, when he had to stay here, he worked really hard to get fit again.”