As reported by Sky Sports, Mason Greenwood withdrew from England’s provisional Euro 2020 squad due to injury. And Red Devils fans should be delighted that the teenager will get a much-needed rest this summer.
Greenwood has everything in his locker to become one of the world’s best forwards. But he will only get there through hard work, on his part, and smart management by his club.
That involves factoring in rests for a teenager who already has 105 senior appearances for United.
Greenwood’s breakthrough campaign produced 17 goals and he was quickly talked about as the next big thing.
United fans had known for some time how good he is. Now everyone else was paying attention. But this season he struggled to maintain his fine form and suddenly there was ridiculous talk of an alarming dip and a bad attitude.
Of course, neither is true. United’s latest teen sensation proved that with six goals in his last eight league games. While his blossoming relationship with Edinson Cavani hints at better things to come.
No better time for a rest
While it is great watching United players at international tournaments, next season is huge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Norwegian needs all his players fit and firing. That means a raring-to-go Greenwood is a far better prospect than one requiring an extended pre-competition break.
With the right summer signings, United are ready for a prolonged title charge in 2021. And Greenwood should be vital to that challenge.
A 20-plus goal season is well within his grasp. But that won’t happen if he is struggling with injury.
Whatever the United prospect needs this summer to recover fully, that is far more important than the first of many international tournaments for the teenager.
He may have missed the cut anyway. Now we will never know. He withdrew before England’s final 26-man squad was announced and that is no bad thing.
Now he must focus on recovering from his injury and coming back better than ever.
If he does that, Greenwood and his United teammates could be lifting a trophy or two next year.