Solskjaer reportedly considering playing Mason Greenwood in Manchester derby
Manchester United are still reeling from Sunday’s embarrassing 4-0 loss to Everton.
Up next, a derby against Manchester City.
Forget the implications of a United win benefitting Liverpool’s title challenge for a moment if you can, this is a game where the players owe fans a performance.
Supporters at Old Trafford and the millions watching around the world deserve better than the limp performance served up at the weekend.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is rightly furious, and may be ready to give Mason Greenwood his first ever start for the club.
The Mirror report: “He is seriously considering throwing 17-year-old star Mason Greenwood into the huge clash, as he looks to shake up his complacent stars.”
Greenwood has been tearing it up for the academy all season and has made three first-team appearances for United, all as a late substitute.
He needs longer, to show what he can really do, even if it will be tough against a City side fighting for the title.
His recent form for the under-23s has been excellent, including scoring a terrific free-kick against Newcastle last week.
A message which needs to be sent
Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku have all blown opportunities in recent weeks.
Their misses have come back to haunt United. Blown chances against Wolves, Arsenal and Barcelona proved costly.
Against Everton, they didn’t even get into position to threaten on goal.
Greenwood has a chance to be brilliant, and starting him could be a shock to the system for senior players.
If he seizes his opportunity against City, it could be a stroke of genius from Solskjaer.
Should his opportunity not come as a starter against City, there is a strong chance could feature in one of United’s other four remaining games.