Here are the Manchester United evening headlines for Friday, November 20.
Solskjaer: “Greenwood’s talent is there for all to see”
Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood will continue his impressive development this season now he has recovered from illness, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Reds manager said that the 19-year-old spent more than a week away from United’s Carrington training complex as he was unwell and the forward could sit out the visit of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday night.
Greenwood missed United’s win at Everton two weeks ago and has only scored once so far this season in the 5-0 Champions League thrashing of RB Leipzig.
“You have to take a step back sometimes,” Solskjaer said .
“The boy’s only 19, he’s had a fantastic year, if we go a year back I left him out of the Carabao Cup against Chelsea.
“Mason stayed back and played against Doncaster in the Checkatrade to get game-time, and that’s how far he’s got.
“Everyone’s allowed to not be well and if you’re not well you can’t train.
“He’s now stayed away, been away eight or nine days from training, we’ve just started building him up again. And I have no doubts about him, he has a very good head on him and his talent is there for all to see.”
Smalling hits out at United over last-minute transfer
Chris Smalling has criticised his former club for offering him little clarity on his future before his initial move to Roma last year.
Smalling joined the Italians on loan for the 2019/2020 season, before making a permanent move during the most recent transfer window, bringing an end to his 10-year spell at United.
The 30-year-old was told he wouldn’t feature after the Premier League transfer window had shut, leaving him scrambling for a move, which left him frustrated.
“I knew that my days under Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) were pretty much numbered,” Smalling told The Telegraph.
“I was just a bit frustrated.
“One, I would like to have been told earlier and then, secondly, I was only able to go with just a day left of the Italian window being open.
“In an ideal situation I would have known early in the summer and made plans and it almost got to the stage where I had a day left. My wife had just had a kid as well.
“There was a lot going on that happened at the last minute.”
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United get their Premier League campaign back underway on Saturday when they welcome strugglers West Brom to Old Trafford.
The under-pressure Reds came from behind to beat Everton last time out thanks to Bruno Fernandes’ double and Edinson Cavani’s first goal for United.
The players are returning from the two-week international break, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping to have as few injury and fitness concerns as possible among the stars coming back from international duty.
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Man Utd a “very proud club” – Haaland
Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund have a lot of similarities, according to former Manchester City and Leeds United midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland.
He made the claim amid United’s interest in his son Erling before he moved to Dortmund earlier this year.
The younger Haaland played under current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde in Norway, with the Reds believing that they could have agreed a deal for the forward when he was at RB Salzburg.
“Manchester United have achieved great success in recent years,” Alf-Inge told German media outlet Sport1.
“The club is also trying to build something new there. But to draw this comparison now is not so easy because he [Erling] is already playing in Dortmund.
“These are two very traditional clubs with a large fan base and a glorious history.
“Man United is a very proud club, just like Dortmund in Germany.”