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Mason Greenwood: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains absence from PSG clash

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Mason Greenwood is injured for Tuesday’s Champions League showdown with PSG. However, the Norwegian didn’t open up on what exactly was keeping the England international out. Greenwood missed out over the weekend as well, not being selected in the squad for the showdown with Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Greenwood scored 17 goals for United across all competitions last term, shining following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.

The England international has found the net once for the Red Devils this season, against Luton Town, but also made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Greenwood was sent home in disgrace by England boss Gareth Southgate after breaching quarantine rules in Iceland, along with Manchester City’s Phil Foden.

However, speaking ahead of the match against PSG, Solskjaer revealed the England international would miss the game through injury – but didn’t state specifically what.

“I can’t declare medical stuff, can I?” he said.

“We hope it’s just a niggle and we don’t want to take any chances with him, and hopefully at the weekend it’ll be fine again.”

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Few gave them a chance of beating the Ligue 1 giants given how they’d been played off the pitch in a 2-0 defeat mere weeks previously.

But a Romelu Lukaku brace and Marcus Rashford penalty caused a major European upset.

And, reflecting on that match, Solskjaer said: “It’s hard to say. You know, I don’t really look back and look at it that way.

“Of course, it was a fantastic night and we enjoyed it, and it’s great history but it’s in the past.

“Actually, I haven’t thought about it until we came here now, being asked these questions.

“This is a completely different game, it’s a completely different stage of the tournament.

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“We play against a very good team, we know that, they were in the final a couple of months ago so it’s going to be a difficult game but one we look forward to.

“It’s a great challenge for what we can call a new team, as we have a lot of players now who didn’t play in that game anyway.”

Solskjaer also joked he doesn’t want Ander Herrera to start the contest.

“Hopefully he doesn’t start tomorrow,” he said.

“He’s a top human being, professional, great among the group and lads. I’ve kept in touch with him myself.

“He’s just a player and person you want the best for. He plays football for the right reasons. I wish him all the best, but after tomorrow.”

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