Gareth Southgate and the FA are said to be ‘furious’ after England has been attacked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for calling up Mason Greenwood following his intense first season of senior football and then bringing the teenager straight into the media spotlight.
Solskjaer criticized the FA for choosing Greenwood for media duty after United had diligently ensured that their academic commodity was shielded from the press during its debut season and claimed that after his breakout campaign at Old Trafford, the 18-year-old deserved a break.
Subsequently, the Manchester United boss was swift to claim that the FA was not to blame, though Greenwood and international teammate Phil Foden were at the core of a media storm after being sent home from the England camp for violating COVID regulations.
“The kid had a fantastic season. He’s just come through” said Solskjaer according to Daily Mail. “The club has worked really hard when we gave Mason enough time on the pitch when we gave him exposure in the media.”
“I tried my best to give him rest over the summer. The club asked specifically – we pointed out he should have had a rest. He needs mentally and physically after that season he had.”
“First thing that happens is, one he’s called up, two he’s right there in the press. OK, you call him up but you don’t have to put him in front of the world’s cameras. We’ve done whatever we can to protect him and I will keep on helping him.”