Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down talk of a bust-up with Mason Greenwood, insisting the youngster is “never a problem” at the club’s training ground.
Reports emerged this week suggesting Greenwood, who has failed to make it into United’s last two matchday squads, is in Solskjaer’s bad books after arriving late to training on two separate occasions.
When asked why he was left out of his squad ahead of their trip to PSG on Tuesday, Solskjaer denied claims that the 19-year-old’s absence was related to a disciplinary issue, putting it down to a “niggle”.
And the United boss has again dismissed speculation that he is failing to see eye-to-eye with Greenwood, branding him a “good trainer”.
“You do (make a target for yourself) when you play well and I’m not concerned at all with Mason making a target of himself,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference ahead of their clash with Chelsea on Saturday.
“He’s come in, he’s played fantastic, he 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 the whole 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.
“I’ve seen the stories, actually some ex-United players talking about him and they don’t really know anything what they’re talking about because, well, we’ve got photographers outside the training ground every day so they can check the time every day.
“I don’t know where these stories have come and I’ve just got to say he’s got a good family behind him, he’s had a good background in the academy.
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“He’s a good trainer, he trains really well, and I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional.
“So, anyway, that’s something we have to deal with with many players. Many other players at United have had that.”
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