Mason Greenwood has been spoken to about his conduct at Manchester United after repeated lateness, according to reports.
The 19-year-old has not been involved in United’s last two match day squads, sitting out the wins over Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain over the last week.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the problem was a minor injury, saying, ‘we hope it’s just a niggle and we don’t want to take any chances.’
However, the Daily Mail report that Greenwood has had some off-field issues at the club, relating to his timekeeping.
The Mail state that his ‘general tardiness’ has seen him given a talking to by club bosses and, although Solskjaer will maintain otherwise, this has been behind his recent omissions.
The Norwegian simply said Greenwood was ‘unfit to play’ against Newcastle and expanded on that point ahead of the PSG clash.
‘I can’t declare medical stuff, can I? It’s just a niggle and, as young as he is, we don’t want to take any chances with him. Hopefully at the weekend he’ll be fine again,’ Solskjaer said.
‘Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake,’ Greenwood said. ‘I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from.’
Solskjaer defended him after the incident, saying: ‘I felt he’s been really really good looking after himself, has built himself up, but that’s part of being at Man United.
‘I’m not saying he didn’t make a mistake. Of course he’s made some mistakes, but it’s us — the grown-ups here as well. We need to make decisions that benefit him.’