Solskjaer on Greenwood: “We are talking about the second season syndrome”

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Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talked about Mason Greenwood, the team’s striker.

“It still poses a challenge. Any scenario is a test. We are talking about the second syndrome of the season. The Premier League is relentless if you take your eyes off the ball for even a second,” the Guardian quotes Solskjaer.

“I’ve always said 99% of the effort is 100% failure. And, of course, players who relax a bit every day in training – I’m not saying it’s Mason, I’m asking every player if they’re going the wrong way. Because the players are aware of my demands on standards and habits, fitness levels, and mileage statistics, I think we have got rid of such problems now.

After every match, I study them, there’s nothing to hide and I don’t hide that fact either. I want to see players capable of outscoring their adversaries. It is a specification. But seeing some players’ capacity, you can agree that they’re running a little less. Not much less, because to be rested, a player has to be damn fine.

Perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo was allowed to do that once or twice while we were playing together. But it can’t be done more often at United. Nothing is happening by itself. Some time ago, Greenwood scored against West Ham and we expected him to come back into the game. I’m very sure Mason is going to play well, scoring and giving goals away.”

One goal in 13 EPL games this season has been scored by the 19-year-old forward.

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