Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised England for selecting forward Mason Greenwood, insisting the Manchester United forward should have been rested.
Greenwood was sent home by England along with Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden for breaking coronavirus protocols after the duo allegedly met two women in Iceland away from the team’s bio-secure environment.
England manager Gareth Southgate described the duo as”naive”, before they both issued personal apologies over the incident.
“The kid had a fantastic season,” Solskjaer said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League opener against Crystal Palace.
“He’s just come through. I’ve worked and the club have worked and all the staff here, we worked really hard, when we gave Mason enough time on the pitch, when we gave him exposure in the media.
“Then you come to the end of the season and we’ve had less than two weeks off, and he’s called up to the national team,” he said.
Solskjaer revealed that Manchester United requested that Greenwood should be left out of the national squad to enable him to rest over an off-season period already shortened amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 18-year-old will be available for selection as United begin their Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace at 18:30.
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By Ofhani Munyai