Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Holds ‘Stern’ Talks With Mason Greenwood Following Quarantine Breach

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mason Greenwood
Solskjaer has held talks with Greenwood | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has held discussions with Mason Greenwood over his future conduct after the forward was found breaking quarantine protocol while on England duty.

Greenwood and Phil Foden were caught inviting two women to their hotel rooms in the aftermath of the Three Lions’ 1-0 win over Iceland, at a time when the pair were both supposed to be isolating.

Gareth Southgate subsequently dropped the pair for the following fixture against Denmark, with Greenwood since returning to Manchester United to train alone away from the first team squad at the club’s Carrington complex. The decision was made in order to comply with regulations that he may be a risk to other members of the squad by potentially spreading COVID-19.

As per The Sun, he has been forced to apologise to Solskjaer, who it’s been claimed has had ‘stern’ words with the 18-year-old over his behaviour. The Norwegian has reminded Greenwood of his professional duties, although he is not expected to be punished at length for his actions.

In fact, if his training is up to par ahead of the club’s Premier League opener, he could even feature from the start for the Red Devils as they take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.

His fine form last season – 17 goals and five assists – earned him a maiden England senior call up in September, but Solskjaer has criticised Southgate’s decision to not allow the striker adequate time to rest.

“I tried my best to give him a rest over the summer. He should have had a rest. He needs it, mentally and physically, after that season he had. And first thing that happens, he’s called up and he’s right there in the press,” he said (as quoted by Sky Sports News) ahead of Saturday’s clash.

“He’s talking about maybe looking back at this season when it’s over. And that’s actually on the first day of his new season. We have to understand he’s an 18-year-old kid who needs managing.”

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