Man Utd star Greenwood shows elite mentality with Solskjaer and Euro 2020 comments
Man Utd: Solskjaer delighted with Greenwood's return to form
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Manchester United star Mason Greenwood believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has helped him through a ‘difficult’ time. The England international was sent home from Iceland in disgrace after breaching coronavirus rules earlier in the season. But he feels he’s come out of the debacle significantly improved – and would love to be involved at Euro 2020 this summer.
Greenwood, along with Phil Foden, made the headlines for all the wrong reasons back in the summer.
After making his England debut against Iceland, the 19-year-old was then sent home after breaking the rules.
Greenwood did apologise for his actions but his football suffered, with the teenager enduring a tricky start to the campaign.
But now, speaking to Sky Sports, he’s expressed a belief he’s matured – showing his elite mentally by admitting his sole focus was his football.
“It was difficult,” said Greenwood.
“You know how it is, it was obviously going to come. It was a mental challenge but you have to block it all out really. If you play for United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, you have to overcome that. I have pushed that to one side just to concentrate on my football.
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“I have overcome it now.
“I am happy to be back playing my best football.”
Greenwood also agreed with Solskjaer, who believed the talented youngster would learn from things.
And he hailed the Norwegian, too, saying: “I totally agree with him, I have come through it stronger.
“All of these little things make you into a better person, a better human being and a better footballer.
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“It makes you learn a few things. It is like when you are playing, you learn from your mistakes. You either let it affect you or you push forward. Why not push forward?
“The manager has been fully focused on me and he has helped me a lot.
“He speaks to all the lads a lot, individually and as a group. I am really pleased to have him there.”
On Euro 2020, Greenwood admitted it’s not a priority for him at the current moment in time.
But he would still love to be involved regardless, adding: “It would be nice to go to the Euros but I just want to be fully focused on United for these two games and the Europa League final.
“What happens, happens. I have not really been thinking about it too much.
“I have just been going out there thinking about my performances for United, how to score and help the team score.
“I have just been focusing on my football.”
Greenwood feels United winning the Europa League would be a good end to the season, with the Red Devils due to face Villarreal on May 26.
“To win something with United would be amazing,” said the teenager.
“I want to do that. We are in a good position to do it.
“A good finish to the Premier League season and a win in the final would be nice. We need a bit of silverware, we have not had any for a few years, so to bring it back home would be a good feeling.”
Another thing the youngster addressed was the imminent return of fans to stadiums, after a year of being locked out.
“I think everyone is missing the fans, they are a big part of this football club,” he opined.
“Without the fans, it is not really a football club at all.
“It will be nice to have them back a little bit towards the end of the season and obviously next season it can feel like Old Trafford again.”
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