Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes it will be good for Mason Greenwood to take a ‘step back’ after confirming the Manchester United teenager has been absent for most of the international break through illness.

Following a breakthrough season, Greenwood has hit the first bumps of his fledgling career after being sent home from England duty for inviting a girl into the team hotel and censured by United over his time-keeping.

But Solskjaer defended the 19-year-old striker and believes that people sometimes forget how far Greenwood – who returned to training at the start of the week – has come in a short space of time.

‘Everyone’s allowed to not be well,’ said the United boss.

‘He’s been away eight or nine days from training and I have no doubts about him.

‘He has a very good head on him and his talent is there for all to see.

‘You have to take a step back sometimes. The boy is only 19 and he’s had a fantastic year.

‘If we go a year back, I left him out of the Carabao Cup against Chelsea. Mason stayed to play against Doncaster in the Checkatrade Trophy for game time, that’s how far he’s come.

‘He’s scored 19 goals, made his England debut, scored in first Under-21 game, and the headlines are going to be about when he scores and doesn’t play.’

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