'Mason's a fantastic boy to work with'
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Mason Greenwood ahead of our Premier League clash with Chelsea.
Greenwood has had a great start to his United career, having scored 18 times for the Reds so far.
The youngster has missed recent games against Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain due to a niggle but Ole hopes to see him back in action for Saturday's match.
The boss added that recent reports regarding the reason for Greenwood's absence were wide of the mark.
“I think in the club we have a great record and tradition and history of bringing our players through,” the manager said.
“It means from early on they have good habits, we trust you, you can express yourself. Mason has come through this programme and has done fantastic. He’ll be kicking on, I’m sure. Of course, he’s a very exciting boy to work with.”
The United boss was then asked if he feared Mason had made himself a target for the press after being sent home from international duty last month.
“Mason? Well, you do when you play well. I’m not concerned at all of Mason making a target for himself because he’s come in and done fantastic,” he said.
“He made his first league start against Tottenham last season and he’s just kicked on. Yeah, he made a mistake this summer with England and suddenly the whole English press go after him. That’s something we have to look after.
“He’s a fantastic boy to work with,” Ole reassured.
“I have to disappoint you, he’s never late for training; he’s never a problem when he’s on the training ground. He’s always on time; I’ve seen some of the stories and even some ex-United players talking about him and they don’t really know what they’re talking about.”
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“We’ve got photographers outside the training ground every day, so you can see he’s on time. I don’t know where these stories have come from and I just have to say he has a good family around him.”
“He has a good background in the Academy and he’s a good trainer. I can’t believe all these stories about him not being professional. Anyway, that’s something we have to deal with. Many other players at United have had that.”