Manchester United have confirmed that Mason Greenwood has suffered a back problem which has forced him to withdraw from England under-21 duty. The 18-year-old has had an impressive month of action for the Red Devils where he has scored on two occasions in the Cup but he has yet to make a similar statement in the Premier League.
On Sunday, the young forward was handed with a 30-minute cameo off the bench against the Magpies but he could not make much of a difference as Steve Bruce’s side secured a shock 1-0 win. The Red Devils have now confirmed that Greenwood picked up a knock during that game and he will undergo rehabilitation at the Carrington complex.
“Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has been forced to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad. He came on as a second-half substitute in the Reds’ 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday but has pulled out of coach Aidy Boothroyd’s group due to a back problem. He will remain at the Aon Training Complex in advance of the Reds’ next outing, against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday 20 October,” a statement from the club read.
United have been hampered with numerous injuries since the start of the season and Diogo Dalot recently suffered a setback during the second half of the Magpies encounter. Apart from Greenwood, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial, and Jesse Lingard are some of the high-profile players in the treatment room but Solskjaer has recently stated that each of those mentioned could return after the international break.
That should certainly provide a boost for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, considering he is under tremendous pressure ahead of the Liverpool clash on October 20. United have accumulated just nine points from eight league games and they are currently placed 12th on the table. Solskjaer has the support of the board at the moment but a heavy defeat to the Reds could be curtains for him.