Rashford and Greenwood trained at Carrington during week off

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave his Manchester United squad the first week of the international break off, according to the Athletic.

Many players are away on international duty, but Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are not with England.

Solskjaer himself has apparently headed back to Norway with his family at a time when he is under extreme pressure and fighting to save his job.

But Greenwood and Rashford have been apparently been doing some extra training at Carrington during their week off.

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Solskjaer reportedly gave his players the option to report to United’s Carrington training ground during the time off.

Rashford and Greenwood did a session on Wednesday with a some of the club’s under-23 and under-18 players.

Promising starlets Hannibal, Charlie McNeill, and Charlie Wellens were there doing possession and finishing drills.

Rashford was also apparently in on Thursday and Friday, again training with academy players, while Greenwood was also in on Monday.

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Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic and Anthony Martial have also been pictured doing their own individual training away from Carrington during the break.

Rashford was initially selected in the England squad for the first time since Euro 2020, but pulled out with illness.

On Greenwood, Gareth Southgate said earlier this month: “John McDermott and myself went to United and had a good chat with Mason and his family and we agreed we would park this until next year basically. We would leave the autumn games.”

That explains why Greenwood has not been handed the chance to add to his solitary England cap yet.

Both he and Rashford have clearly been working hard during the break, after which United desperately need to improve their fortunes.

Jadon Sancho is another Englishman who was left out of Southgate’s plans, and he uploaded a photo on Instagram on Saturday preparing to do some ball work ahead of United’s return to training next week.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.