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Report: Mason Greenwood was sluggish in Man United training before Everton fixture

Mason Greenwood is back in the headlines for the wrong reasons at Manchester United.

Greenwood was left out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad that traveled to Goodison Park for the 3-1 win over Everton on Saturday, despite training at Carrington the day before.

Solskjaer was asked about Greenwood’s omission post-match and cited an illness for his absence.

“He wasn’t feeling well last night. He looked well in training, he looked OK, but he reported not well and couldn’t travel,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by the Times. 

But the Times have reported on Monday that Greenwood underperformed in training on Friday, which may have led to his omission from the matchday squad the following day.

The Times note that Greenwood was ‘sluggish’ in United’s training session, with one source even claiming that Bruno Fernandes became ‘exasperated’ with the teenager over a failure to receive a pass.

It is added that the club have denied any disagreement between the players, but this is not the first time they have been concerned with Greenwood’s actions

The Daily Mail reported last month that the club have already spoken to the young forward about issues with his punctuality.

Fernandes is a leader who demands the best from his teammates whether it be on the pitch or in training.

Ultimately, we cannot determine if the rumoured incident led to Greenwood’s omission against Everton but there are clearly issues with the player’s discipline right now.

Of course, Greenwood has proven himself as one of the elite young players in world football and has shown he has the talent to reach a world class level for United.

But repeated reports relating to off-the-field misdemeanours are a growing concern and United must look to address these issues and make sure Greenwood’s sole focus is delivering on the pitch.

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