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Mason Greenwood of Manchester United

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United

Mason Greenwood's omission from Manchester United's squad against Everton on Saturday followed a poor display in training the previous day, it has emerged.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United manager, blamed Greenwood's absence on illness, but it is understood the 19-year-old's sluggishness and application had raised concerns.

Bruno Fernandes, who scored twice in United's 3-1 win at Goodison Park, was thought to have been left exasperated in one instance when Greenwood failed to run on to a pass, but United denied any knowledge.

"He wasn't feeling well last night," Solskjaer said after Saturday's game. "He looked well in training, but he reported not well and couldn't travel."

Greenwood was left out of United's squad against Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain last month. Solskjaer initially put the absence down to a "niggle", but later cited illness.

Concerns about Greenwood have been growing for some time. One issue is understood to centre around his recovery between matches, amid worries he is not getting enough sleep.

Solskjaer has complained about fixture scheduling, and the Premier league's refusal to permit five substitutes, increasing the threat of injury and United are eager to preserve their players' fitness.

In a separate matter, Solskjaer has denied Greenwood has had an issue with his timekeeping.

Troubling reports about Greenwood's private life emerged in the aftermath of the teenager being kicked out of the England camp in September after he and Manchester City midfielder, Phil Foden, invited two women to the team hotel in Reykjavik the day after a 1-0 win over Iceland. Greenwood and Foden were subsequently axed from the squad for the triple-header against Wales, Belgium and Denmark last month.

Foden was recalled to the England squad for the games against Ireland, Belgium and Iceland, but Solskjaer and Southgate agreed it would be best for Greenwood if he sat them out.

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