Mason Greenwood noticeably hasn’t played in United’s past two games, instead sitting out of wins against Newcastle in the Premier League and most recently Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
The youngster is said to have been warned about his ‘sloppy and unprofessional’ behaviour, with reports claiming Manchester United have even held talks with the youngster over his poor discipline.
When quizzed about the youngster’s absence this week, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quick to deny claims attributing the sit-outs to the 19-year-old breaking the club’s code of conduct. Although a remarkably incredible talent, widespread reports claim that Greenwood has nonetheless been warned by his club over concerns about his breach of conduct off the pitch, with his poor timekeeping apparently an issue.
However, the manager insisted instead that Greenwood was simply out with a ‘niggle’, and it is understood the forward has a minor injury concern.
According to The Guardian, the talented young forward has failed to report on time on a number of occasions recently, and has been ‘reminded of his responsibilities’.
Greenwood enjoyed a breakthrough season last term as he netted 17 goals for United and has been widely acknowledged as one of the club and country’s brightest young talents. However, his warning from United follows the incident during his debut call-up to the England squad last month, where he and Manchester City’s Phil Foden were both sent home from international duty after breaching COVID-19 regulations by inviting two women back to their hotel room in Iceland for indiscreet tete-a-tetes.
Former Premier League midfielder Jamie O’Hara – who admits he made his fair share of mistakes as a young player – has offered advice to the youngster to nip this poor behaviour in the bud, or otherwise risk affecting his performances on the pitch, too.
“It’s unprofessional, especially at a club like Manchester United,” said the ex-Tottenham ace on Thursday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“They’ll have a fine list and he’ll be getting fined, but that’s not the point.
“It’s a learning curve for him, he’s still 19, he’s a young lad and he’s going to make mistakes.
“But you have to do it, day-in, day-out; you have to be disciplined, and being late is sloppy, it’s unprofessional.
“He has to knock this on the head, because I think if you’re sloppy in the way you conduct yourself off the pitch, it will eventually start on the pitch.”