Manchester United have dragged Mason Greenwood in for crunch talks over his lateness, according to reports. The England international has missed his side’s last two matches, against Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain. And his behaviour behind the scenes has worried the club.
Greenwood flourished for United last season, scoring 17 goals across all competitions following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.
But, since then, he’s struggled.
Greenwood was sent home from international duty in disgrace after breaching lockdown rules in Iceland, shortly after England’s 1-0 win over the country.
And the teenager has failed to sparkle on the pitch, finding the net just once this term – against Luton in the Carabao Cup.
Solskjaer explained Greenwood’s absence for the PSG game by saying: “I can’t declare medical stuff, can I?
“We hope it’s just a niggle and we don’t want to take any chances with him, and hopefully at the weekend it’ll be fine again.”
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Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford found the net to give them all three points, despite being the underdogs before the contest.
“It’s a different feeling from the last time we won here, it’s at the start of the group stage but we’ve beaten a fantastic team,” said the Norwegian.
“Last time it was a knockout and it was euphoric, this is sterile without the fans but it’s still excellent and we deserved to win.
“When you go away to a team like this against Neymar and Mbappe you have to defend well and your keeper will have to make saves. Axel Tuanzebe is a top defender and his first game in 10 months was testament to the quality he has.
“Bruno missed two penalties in a row but he’s not going to stop taking them – he showed focus and character.
“We know we need 10 points to get through so next week’s game is very important. There are so many games.”
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PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was far from happy, though, with the German saying after the match: “In the first half, we were simply not on the pitch. It was not our level.
“I don’t know why, but I can just say that it was not our level, in moving the ball, in possession, in counter-attacking, in challenges, in intensity.
“By far, one of our worst games, one of our worst first halves.
“The good news was that it could not be worse. Okay, we were down 1-0, it is easy to play better in the second half and we had to step up, it was clear,” Tuchel added after star forward Neymar failed to score in four consecutive Champions League appearances for the first time since November 2013.
“We tried to do some tactical changes because of the injury of Idrissa Gueye, we tried to bring on one more offensive guy, which was a risk that we paid for at the end also. It was like this today.
“From the start until the end it felt like we were never at our highest level, and we weren’t really into the match like was absolutely necessary on this level.”
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