Greenwood attitude with Solskjaer vs Arsenal was like boss ‘had committed crime’

Mason Greenwood has been defended by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plenty of times over recent months.

But the Manchester United forward did not look happy with his manager on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has kept faith with the teenager and supported him in the wake of his Iceland saga with England where he broke Covid-19 protocols with Phil Foden.

And Greenwood was picked to start this weekend’s crunch Premier League clash with Arsenal.

However, he and his team-mates endured a miserable evening as Mikel Arteta’s team dominated and prevailed 1-0 winners thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty.

Greenwood’s frustration clearly got the better of him with 15 minutes to go when he lost control of the ball in Arsenal’s half before hacking down Alexandre Lacazette.

The 19-year-old, who scored United’s opener in their 5-0 Champions League thumping of RB Leipzig just last Wednesday, is still awaiting his first goal in the Premier League.

And Solskjaer felt he had seen enough from Greenwood following his foul, hooking him for summer signing Edinson Cavani.

The decision did not pay off as Cavani, 33, still appears way off the pace and failed to make an impact.

Premier League pundit Garth Crooks assessed Greenwood’s attitude when he was substituted for the Uruguayan goalscorer.

And he wrote in his BBC column : “United have a serious consistency problem. Mason Greenwood was substituted and walked off the pitch looking as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had committed a crime.

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“Paul Pogba has so much more to give but can't seem to find it to give. And Marcus Rashford, one of my favourite players, performed as if he had been given the afternoon off. Sorry Marcus, there are no days off when you play for Manchester United.”

It was a damaging day for United in general, with nobody really coming out of the game with any credit, and all of the positive vibes from the Leipzig victory suddenly evaporated.

In the other camp, one standout performer for Arsenal was centre-half summer signing Gabriel Magalhaes.

Crooks added: “Sunday's win at Manchester United was one of the best Arsenal performances I've seen for some time.

“I criticised Mikel Arteta the last time he was in Manchester for playing a team without a recognised centre-forward. Not so at Old Trafford.

“The Arsenal manager laid his stall out perfectly and restricted United to a handful of chances. Gabriel was at the heart of an outstanding defensive display by the Gunners.”

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