Mason Greenwood.

Why Greenwood was missing at Goodison Park

Saturday 07 November 2020 16:12

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the reason why young striker Mason Greenwood was not in the Manchester United squad to face Everton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Our highly-rated Academy graduate was a surprise omission from the group that was announced an hour ahead of kick-off at Goodison Park, where the Reds came from behind to win 3-1.

Speaking to the broadcaster BT Sport after the final whistle on Merseyside - where Bruno Fernandes (two) and Edinson Cavani scored - Solskjaer admitted that Greenwood was struggling with illness. 
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“He wasn’t feeling well last night,” the manager reported. “He looked well in training, he looked OK. But then he reported he was not well and can’t travel.”

In a separate interview with club media, Solskjaer stated United’s victory had come at a cost, with Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford all requiring treatment on injuries. 
Greenwood was not included in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, announced on Thursday, so he thankfully has the international break to get some much-needed rest and recuperation.

Mason will hopefully be available for selection once again when the domestic season resumes in the second half of November, for United with an Old Trafford match against West Bromwich Albion. 

The Reds will then host Istanbul Basaksehir at the Theatre of Dreams in an important UEFA Champions League match that will have a massive influence on the final Group H standings. 

Solskjaer’s men are scheduled to finish the month on the road, with a Premier League outing against an in-form Southampton team that started this weekend at the top of the table.