Manchester United have reportedly grown concerned about Mason Greenwood’s dedication to his own development, leading to his recent exclusion against Everton.
The striker burst onto the scene in sensational style, becoming the first player in more than two decades to score 10+ goals in a Premier League season aged 18 or under last season, and just the third in history after Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.
However, the early parts of this season have been laced with controversy for the 19-year-old, being sent home from England’s recent trip to Iceland for breaking Coronavirus protocols after he and Man City’s Phil Foden invited two local girls to a hotel room.
Greenwood has netted twice in nine appearances for Manchester United this season, but according to The Athletic, the youngster put in a ‘lethargic display’ in training on Friday following United’s midweek humiliation to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.
The youngsters showing in training saw him completely excluded from United’s matchday squad for the 3-1 win at Everton the following day, while he has also been excluded from the England squad for the upcoming internationals, the report saying that his omission was at the request of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a telephone conversation with Gareth Southgate.
It is said that there are ‘concerns’ among those at the Old Trafford outfit over Greenwood’s ‘dedication to maximising his considerable talents’, with question marks being raised about his ‘activities outside of the club’.
The report adds that Greenwood is ‘failing to understand’ the dedication and commitment required to transform his obvious potential into a world class quality as Cristiano Ronaldo did during his time with the Red Devils.
United are hoping that the introduction of senior pro Edinson Cavani will help provide a positive example of the dedication required to develop into an elite footballer, and that the natural maturing of the teenager will bring about a renewed focus.