Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Mason Greenwood omission in Everton win

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Mason Greenwood's absence at Everton was due to illness.

The forward has been a regular for Manchester United this term but was nowhere to be seen at Goodison Park.

Greenwood played in last Sunday's defeat against Arsenal and came off the bench against Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.

But the teenager picked up an illness which meant he wasn't able to travel to Merseyside.

"He wasn’t feeling well last night," Solskjaer explained. "He looked well in training, he looked OK, but he reported not well and couldn’t travel."

It comes just days after the youngster was left out of the latest England squad named by Gareth Southgate.

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Greenwood was punished recently for breaching team protocols around coronavirus, something Manchester City's Phil Foden was also guilty of.

The City star has been restored to the Three Lions squad however for the upcoming games against Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.

Greenwood has thus far been unable to reach the heights he achieved last season in his breakthrough year and is yet to score a league goal.

Southgate has regularly backed young talent and this week held discussions with Solskjaer to discuss how they can best manage the player's development.

"The first thing is we’ve got huge belief in him as a young player, he’s on an incredible trajectory for someone so young," said the England boss.

"This will be a small disappointment for him but there’s a huge amount of time ahead for him.

"He’s an outstanding finisher and he’s an outstanding goalscorer but over the last number of months he’s not had a huge amount of football.

"That’s going to happen, it’s a very long season and he had a very short break end of last season as well.

"He will be resilient enough he’s at a club that cares for young players very well and who have managed his trajectory very well and will continue to do that.

"I’ve spoken with Ole on that and we are aligned on him being the best player he can be."

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