Manchester United have arrived at a “desperate” point in their efforts to get Mason Greenwood’s career back on track, according to a report.
The 19-year-old has faced significant hardship in recent months, leading to a lack of game time for his club.
Indeed, chief among the issues was his decision to break Covid-19 regulations in Iceland while on England duty. However, reports have also surfaced of tardiness in training from the striker.
Solskjaer has publicly insisted that niggling injuries are causing Greenwood’s recent Old Trafford absence.
But the Sunday Mirror claims that there is genuine concern at United that he could waste his career if he and the club take no action.
What’s more, United chiefs are reportedly fearing a repeat of how Ravel Morrison failed to reach the heights many had tipped him for.
The 27-year-old has had 11 clubs since leaving United, including Lazio, West Ham and Middlesbrough. But he has struggled to spark into the form Sir Alex Ferguson once said he could show.
Indeed, Gary Neville recently revealed Ferguson’s insight into Morrison.
“The former full-back said: “When Ravel was 13 I remember categorically Sir Alex Ferguson saying this was the biggest talent he’d seen at the club since Ryan Giggs and that was an enormous statement from someone like him.
“He was special, really special. But I don’t think it was down to his attitude or lack of work rate to be honest.
“Ravel had some significant complexities and challenges in his life that any of us would have found difficult to deal with.
“And ultimately I think they have obviously meant that he’s not quite achieved what he should have.
“But what I would hope is that Ravel can have a stable life and a stable football career and off the back of it obviously have something he can focus on.”
Further concern for Greenwood
The Sunday Mirror also claims that United have concerns about Greenwood’s lack of sleep. Club chiefs feel he is not getting sufficient rest to be able to play at the highest level.
England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd said that he chose not to include the forward in his latest squad after advice from his club.
“It was felt from Man United that the best course of action was to sit out this one,” the coach said. “He has had a lot of niggling injuries and a lot of things going on in his life.”