Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this evening revealed why Mason Greenwood was not part of his travelling Manchester United squad to take on Everton on Saturday.
The Red Devils made the trip to Goodison Park a short time ago, for their latest Premier League outing.
Solskjaer’s men headed into proceedings desperate for all 3 points, on the back of a dismal start to the club’s league campaign.
Ahead of kick-off on Merseyside this afternoon, United sat in a lowly 16th in the English top-flight, fresh off a pair of defeats over the course of the last week.
When all was said and done at Goodison, though, the visitors bounced back, and in style.
It was Everton who opened the game’s scoring, when Bernard slotted home beyond David de Gea from the edge of the area.
From here on in, though, it was the Bruno Fernandes show.
The Portuguese midfielder took over the clash, netting the Red Devils’ first with a superb header 25 minutes in, before bagging his brace after seeing a tantalising delivery into the Everton box make its way in off the back post.
And Fernandes was back at it again in injury-time, teeing up Edinson Cavani for the Uruguayan’s first in the colours of Manchester United, with a perfectly disguised pass.
Bruno Fernandes has scored more goals (13), scored more non-penalty goals (7) and registered more assists (10) than any other PL midfielder since making his debut in the competition.
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— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 7, 2020
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‘Was not well’
In the aftermath of United’s first win in 3, the majority of the chatter has inevitably centered on the likes of match-winner Fernandes, Fred and Harry Maguire, all of whom thoroughly impressed on Merseyside this afternoon.
During his post-match press conference, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was instead drawn on one of his side’s stars to have missed out at Everton.
The player in question? Mason Greenwood.
Youngster Greenwood was a surprise late omission from the visitors’ squad at Goodison, just days after also being left out of Gareth Southgate’s England panel.
Solskjaer, though, has since moved to play down any concern surrounding he situation.
The United boss confirmed that Greenwood is simply unwell, having come down with a bout of illness on Friday night:
“He wasn’t feeling well last night.”
“He looked well in training, he looked OK. But then he reported he was not well and can’t travel.”
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 7, 2020
In a separate interview, meanwhile, updates were also forthcoming on the wellbeing of both Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford, the former of whom was forced off twenty minutes from time this afternoon.
And, if Solskjaer’s initial assessments are anything to go by, then it appears that the international break has come at the ideal time for United:
‘Luke [Shaw has] a hamstring [injury]. That might be a long one. Rashford, I think he’s struggling. It looked like [a shoulder injury].’
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