Mason Greenwood ‘told coaches he was ‘utterly exhausted’ after being dragged away in Manchester United’s penultimate game against Fulham before the young attacker withdrew from England’s Euro 2020 roster with an underlying injury
Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood reportedly complained last month that he felt ‘completely exhausted’ after being eliminated against Fulham.
The teenage star finished the season in excellent form for the Red Devils – scoring eight goals in a clinical spell that began in March – and he looked set to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
But Greenwood has been forced to withdraw from the group preparing for Euro 2020 as he aims to recover from an underlying injury – believed to be related to his groin – before the start of next season.
Man United’s Mason Greenwood (L) reportedly complained of fatigue after playing Fulham
The attacker is said to have told coaches he was ‘completely exhausted’ after being knocked out
according to the athletic oneGreenwood’s fitness issues were evident towards the end of the campaign after he told coaches about his struggles after being replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the 1-1 draw against Fulham.
Greenwood has had a long season, making headlines for all the wrong reasons after inviting girls to his hotel room with Phil Foden during the trip from England to Iceland.
He picked up the nagging problem earlier in the year – with the same problem that would have ruled him out from the Under 21 Championships in March.
United told the England side that he would not be available 48 hours after their defeat in the Europa League final against Villarreal last week, a match in which Greenwood played 100 minutes as they were taken to extra time.
Greenwood was later forced to withdraw from Gareth Southgate’s England squad due to injury
He looked radiant despite failing to inspire his side to the trophy, but he was clearly lacking in energy and didn’t seem disappointed after being taken away.
A statement from United read: “Mason’s club appearances have been carefully managed to maintain his availability during the intensive Premier League and Europa League schedules of 2020-21.
“But a further period of tournament football would not be beneficial and Mason will remain at Manchester United to recuperate and prepare for pre-season training.”
Speaking of his squads for the European Championship, Southgate insists Greenwood was ‘never an option’ for his side ahead of the tournament.
He played 100 minutes in the Europa League final vs Villarreal but highlighted fitness issues
“He had to withdraw on Friday, we knew he was not a contender in recent days,” he said. “At that point, (we) hadn’t gotten to the decision level to bring it down to 26.
“It’s a shame that Mason has to miss a tournament. Even though he is young, these opportunities don’t come along very often. We know what an exciting player he can be, but he was not an option for us.”
Greenwood, who missed out on a place alongside United team-mate Jesse Lingard, had a wave after finishing the season with a flourish – just like he did in 19-20, scoring 17 goals in all competitions.
He looked nailed for England after finishing the season with eight goals since March
Although he only scored 12 this time, he still feels that he has had a superior season as he now feels like a ‘team player’.
“I think I’ve done better than last season,” Greenwood said. “The performance when I didn’t score, I still think I played well. I don’t think I played badly.
“The final finished product may not have been there and of course it started towards the end of the season, but I still feel like I did a lot better than last year.
“My goals and assists may not seem like that, but in my opinion, and maybe the players around me, I feel like I’m more of a player for the team now.”