Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is furious with how England coach Gareth Southgate handled Mason Greenwood on his first call-up to the national team.

Within 48 hours of making his England debut against Iceland this month, Greenwood and Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden were kicked out of the squad after breaching the strict bio-bubble in Reykjavik.

Greenwood, 18, and Foden, 20, had reportedly spent time with two girls during the trip and Southgate said that 'trust needs to be rebuilt' after the pair transfgressed.

Rather than publicly rebuke his player, Solskjaer was protective of Greenwood and questioned why the Football Association had arranged for Greenwood to attend his maiden press conference on the first day of training. Greenwood has not done any media through United other than with the club's in-house television channel or harmless questions from rights holders.

"Of course, I speak to Mason and I've spoken to Mason. What we speak about and discuss will be between the two of us," Solskjaer said. "The kid had a fantastic season, he's just come through. I've worked and the club have worked, and the staff have really worked hard at when to give Mason enough time on the pitch, 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. I have to be honest enough: I tried my best to give him a rest over the summer. We asked specifically - and pointed out - he should have had a rest. He needs it, mentally and physically, after that season he had.

"And the first thing that happens: one, he's called up and two, he's right there in the press. We've done what we can to protect him and I will keep on helping him, I know that when he comes back into the daily routine of the club and what we do with him, he'll be fine."

Greenwood could start against Palace
Greenwood could start against Palace

As the MEN revealed last week, Greenwood returned to first-team training at the start of the week and is available to start against Crystal Palace in United's Premier League opener.

"He's part of the group," Solskjaer added. "With the testing and COVID protocols, he trained by himself for a little while and as soon as it was possible he was with us and he's a big part of this group.

"This is where we feels at home, this is where he feels, not comfortable. We challenge him, we've got people looking after him, we had a plan with him throughout the season and I think it worked really well.

"He needed a rest. I look at the interview he did with the FA, the first national team game. He's talking about maybe looking back at this season when it's over. And that's actually on the first day of his new season. We have to understand he's an 18-year-old kid who needs managing."