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Mason Greenwood: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unhappy with England over Manchester United striker’s call-up

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised England’s use of Mason Greenwood after the Manchester United teenager was sent home from international duty for breaking coronavirus protocols.

Greenwood and international team-mate Phil Foden were axed by manager Gareth Southgate midway through a Nations League camp for a liaison with two women at the national team’s hotel in Reykjavik.

Solskjaer felt that Greenwood should not have been named in Southgate’s squad so soon after finishing the 2019-20 season with United, who were knocked out of the Europa League semi-finals less than 10 days before Greenwood’s call-up.

“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. The kid had a fantastic season, he's just come through," Solskjaer said.

"I've worked and the club have worked really hard to when we gave 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. 

"I tried my best to give him a rest over the summer, we asked specifically he should have had a rest. He needs it mentally and physically and first thing that happens he's called up and right there in the press… 

"We've done what we can to protect him, I've done what I can to help him, when he comes back into the daily routine he'll be fine."

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