Manchester United star Mason Greenwood withdraws from English squad for the Euros
According to The Athletic (Subscription Required), Manchester United star Mason Greenwood has withdrawn from the England squad ahead of this month’s European Championships.
The 19-year-old was one of six United players who were included in Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad. What looked to be a largely forgettable season for the player was salvaged via an upturn in form in the last few months.
It is the first time since being sent home from Iceland that the youngster was picked by Southgate. Unfortunately, it has now been cut short.
From the report, it is evident that Greenwood’s decision is due to a pre-existing condition. He will now spend the summer to recover fully from the injury that also kept him out of the Under-21 European Championship in March.
United admitted that the youngster’s playing time was carefully charted out in order to spare him the excesses of his condition. While he may have seen out the season with the Red Devils, it has dismissed him from what could have been a special experience with the Three Lions.
Greenwood’s absence makes him the third Red Devils ace to cause Southgate problems. Harry Maguire is currently recovering from an injury while Marcus Rashford has been battling knocks all season.
Hopefully, neither player will come out of the tournament in a worse condition and will be ready and raring to go next season.
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Questions must be asked of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s handling of the players given Greenwood’s condition. The Norwegian also admittedly overplayed Rashford this season despite the player nursing several knocks.
Just 23, Rashford has already clocked more than 250 appearances for United. Alongside Greenwood, he has his whole career ahead of him. Solskjaer will do well to ensure his best young players are not prematurely burnt out.