Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Sunday, 18 October.
Greenwood absence explained
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Mason Greenwood was not fit to start in Saturday’s victory at Newcastle United.
The 19-year-old was the surprise omission from the matchday squad for the victory at St. James’s Park.
“Mason wasn’t fit to play, so we had to leave him out,” Solskjaer said, as per the MEN . “We hope he will recover quickly.
“Attacking-wise, I thought Dan [James] with the speed would create problems for teams and Juan [Mata] and Bruno [Fernandes] are intelligent and create chances for us and we could have scored a few more.
“It’s not just about attackers though, it’s about the team working for each other pressing from the front. Dan has incredible speed on the counter and today he showed more positivity, he trusted himself. We work with all the players to express themselves and show what they’re good at.”
Fernandes praises Rashford
Bruno Fernandes was considered United’s star player in their win on Tyneside but the Portuguese reserved praise for the role of Marcus Rashford.
Both players scored and assisted each other in Saturday’s 4-1 victory, with the two combining well in attack to score the second and fourth goals.
“I think it (the second goal) was a great goal, but I think Rashford deserved [a big part of it],” said Fernandes, as cited by the MEN . “He did what we train; overlapped for me, came inside, a little touch, gave me a great pass and left me alone with the goalkeeper to do the rest. He deserved credit.
“After he did the same with Azza (Wan-Bissaka) and he deserved the goal at the end because he did a really good game out of his position.
“We have no Anthony [Martial], Edinson [Cavani] is not ready so Rashy did well. In the position he can do really, really well but it is not his position and he gave us a lot today. He deserved the goal at the end.”
United answering critics, claims Maguire
United captain Harry Maguire has stated the side are starting to answer their critics following Saturday’s 4-1 win at Newcastle.
The England international headed in United’s equaliser at St. James’s Park and put in a much-improved display following the traumatic defeat to Tottenham last time out.
Maguire has endured a tough time on and off the pitch recently but this performance will have gone some way to putting things back on the right track.
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“We’re going towards [answering our critics], but I wouldn’t say we’d answered them fully. It’s crazy because we’re three games into the season and it seems like a big crisis,” he told Sky Sports, in quotes carried by the MEN .
“This is our fourth game, we’ve won two and lost two, we’ve put in two terrible performances, we know we can do a lot better, this club doesn’t deserve performances like we’ve had at Old Trafford this season.
“We’ve gone to start answering the critics but there’s a long way to go, it’s a long season and we have to improve.”