Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has launched into a fierce defence of Mason Greenwood and lambasted some former Manchester United players for criticising the teenager.
Solskjaer denied Greenwood is late for training and accused the English press of targeting the forward following his transgression on international duty in Iceland, where Greenwood and Manchester City playmaker Phil Foden breached COVID-19 protocol by inviting two women to a hotel room.
Greenwood could return to the United squad against Chelsea on Saturday after Solskjaer publicly backed the youngster amid the glare of the media.
“The club has a great record, history and tradition of bringing players through,” Solskjaer said. “That means from early on, you get good habits, we can trust you, you can express yourself. Mason has gone through this programme and done fantastic. He will be kicking on I am sure. He is a very exciting boy to work with.
“You [make yourself a target] when you play well. I am not concerned at all with Mason making a target of himself. He has come in, played fantastic, played his first league game against Tottenham last season, was brilliant and just kicked on.
“Yes, he has made a mistake this summer with England and suddenly the whole English press go after him. That is something we have to look after. He is a fantastic boy to work with.
“I have to disappoint you, he is never late for training. He is never a problem when he is on the training ground. He is always on time, I have seen the stories and some ex-United players talking about him and they don’t know what they are talking about.
“We have photographers outside the training ground every day, they can see he is on time every day. I don’t know where these stories have come from.
“He has a good family behind him. He has had a good background in the academy. He is a good trainer. He trains really well. I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional. That is something we have to deal with many other players at United.”