Mason Greenwood is being painted as a bad boy.
The Manchester United youngster made a mistake on international duty over the summer and has paid a heavy price with the media now monitoring his every move in search of the next headline.
A report from Sky Sports this week suggested that the youngster had been warned by United over lackluster timekeeping when it comes to training.
But United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has nothing but praise for Greenwood, 18, by saying he’s a very exciting youngster to work with.
Solskjaer addressed the reports this morning at his press conference, saying (via Manchester Evening News): “We have a great record and tradition of bringing our players through, that means from early on you get good habits, you express yourselves, Mason’s come through this programme, done fantastic and will be kicking on I’m sure, he’s a very exciting boy to work with.
“You do [make a target for yourself] when you play well and I’m not concerned at all with Mason making a target for himself. He came in, played fantastic, he made his first start against Tottenham last season, was brilliant, kicked on.
“He made a mistake for England and suddenly the English press go after him.
“I have to disappoint you… he’s never ever late for training. I’ve seen some ex United players talking about him and they don’t know what they’re talking about and they can see every day. I don’t know where these stories have come from.
“He’s got a good family behind him, academy and he’s a good trainer and I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional, that’s something we have to deal with many players, many other players at United have had that.”
I didn’t expect any different from Solskjaer.
Greenwood needs protecting from the media and to be steered in the right direction.
It doesn’t help when the likes of Simon Jordan uses his platform on radio for shock factor and by hammering Greenwood yesterday, he just seems a bit out of the loop on how young footballers should be managed. It’s fine to be angry by someone’s actions but nobody seems to be giving Greenwood the benefit of doubt.
Stand united with Greenwood!