Striker Mason Greenwood needs to “settle in” and focus on his football before rather than address claims of him earning a spot at Euro 2020, according to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Having been short of options up top at the start of the season following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, Solskjaer handed Greenwood, then 17, his United debut in the 4-0 win over Chelsea in August.
The Englishman has since kicked on in style, scoring nine goals in 26 appearances in his senior outings with the Red Devils.
Certain goals have had more impact than others, such as his strike away to Sheffield United which played a part in United‘s comeback from three goals down.
Greenwood also scored at Old Trafford to rescue his side a point against Everton in December and the forward also netted in his last game, the 4-0 win over Norwich.
Such a rise in form led to reporters asking if Solskjaer needed to speak to Greenwood about the potential of a future England call-up at the latest press conference at Carrington.
However, Solskjaer said: “I think Mason will have a top and long career. Let the boy settle in now first before we talk about England and the Euros.
“His focus has to be on playing more for us, improving and when he plays more for us that’ll happen by itself.
“He’s just been picked for the Under-21s so he’s focusing on his football.”
Solskjaer has had to contend with injury problems up front, with Anthony Martial ruled out for a long period earlier in the campaign.
Frenchman Martial and strike partners Marcus Rashford and Daniel James have, however, showed glimpses of a prolific attack at times this term and Solskjaer was keen not to take credit for helping the players progress.
“I don’t want credit, they’re working hard to improve their game,” he said. “They’ve all done well, Mason’s in his first season, so to have nine goals is fantastic.
“Marcus is growing and improving all the time and Anthony has missed eight weeks. I’m impressed by them, they’re working well, on finishing patterns, we want consistency and we’ll see more and more of them.”
Solskjaer was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay with Wolves at Old Trafford on Wednesday and the United boss had a positive update on the fitness of defender Eric Bailly.
“He’s very close. He might be back for the weekend,” Solskjaer said. “We’ve got a game arranged today [Tuesday] with the reserves and he’ll play that one and hopefully get 90 minutes.
“He didn’t get any after-effects from the other day.”