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  • October 23, 2020
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The 19-year-old forward has come under increased scrutiny over the past month, after breaking COVID-19 protocols along with Man City’s Phil Foden during his first senior international break with England.

Earlier this week reports also arose in the press claiming Greenwood has held talks with United over a lack of discipline – particularly his poor timekeeping.

Those claims were vehemently denied by Solskjaer on Friday as he spoke to the press ahead of United’s showdown with Chelsea on Saturday – which is LIVE on talkSPORT from 5:30pm.

The Norwegian said: “He’s always on time. I’ve seen the stories, actually some ex-United players talking about him and they don’t really know anything what they’re talking about because, well, we’ve got photographers outside the training ground every day so they can check the time every day.

“I don’t know where these stories have come and I’ve just got to say he’s got a good family behind him, he’s had a good background in the academy.

“He’s a good trainer, he trains really well, and I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional.

“So, anyway, that’s something we have to deal with with many players, many other players at United have had that.”

He continued: “You do [make a target for yourself] when you play well and I’m not concerned at all with Mason making a target of himself.

“He’s come in, he’s played fantastic, he played his first league game against Tottenham last season, was brilliant and just kicked on.

“Yeah, he’s made a mistake this summer with England and suddenly the whole English press go after him and that’s something we’ve got to look after.

“He’s a fantastic boy to work with. I have to disappoint you, he’s never, ever late for training, he’s never a problem when he’s in the training ground.”

Addressing the topic alongside Jim White on talkSPORT, Arsenal legend Groves defended Solskjaer’s stance: “I admire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as it’s a really strong defence of his player in public, which is what you expect.

“I’d expect Solskjaer to defend his player – that’s what he’s doing.

“If there has been some discrepancies with Mason Greenwood turning up late, which we don’t know as we’ve got two different stories, so somebody clearly isn’t telling the truth.

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