Greenwood has been absent from United’s last two matchday squads and rumours have been circling that the club have been less than impressed with the forward turning up late for training.
It’s not the first time Greenwood has found himself under the spotlight for the wrong reasons this season. Last month, England sent the 19-year-old home from their training camp in Iceland after it became clear he had breached coronavirus protocols, along with Manchester City’s Phil Foden.
Grealish – who went on to make his international debut in England’s following match against Denmark – has also had his off-field behaviour questioned in recent months and reached out to the under-fire teenager with a message of support on Saturday morning.
‘My bruddddaaaa the 🐐 ignore everyone ❤️❤️’ the Villa midfielder responded to Greenwood’s post on Instagram.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was baffled by the recent stories surrounding Greenwood’s apparent lack of professionalism and confirmed the attacker could return to the fold against Chelsea this weekend.
Asked whether Greenwood is attracting negative attention and making himself a ‘target’, United’s head coach said: ‘Who’s making a target of himself… Mason? Well, you do when you play well.
‘I’m not concerned with Mason making a target of himself because he’s come in, he’s played fantastic, played his first league game against Tottenham last season, was brilliant and just kicked on.
‘Yeah, he’s made a mistake this summer with England and suddenly all the English press go after him. And that’s something we’ve got to look after.
‘He’s a fantastic boy to work with. I have to disappoint you, he’s never ever late for training. He’s never a problem when he’s in the training ground. He’s always on time.’
‘We’ve got photographers outside the training ground every day so they can see he’s on time.
‘I don’t know where these stories have come from, I’ve just got to say he’s got a good family behind him. He’s had a good background in the academy. He’s a good trainer, I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional.
‘That’s something we have to deal with, many other players at United have had that.’