MANCHESTER — Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Mason Greenwood to forget the speculation surrounding a call-up for this summer’s European Championship and focus on goals scored for Manchester United.
Greenwood has already scored nine goals in his breakthrough season at Old Trafford to raise the prospect of the 19-year-old earning a spot in the England squad for Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate sweats on the fitness of captain Harry Kane after the Tottenham striker has undergone surgery on a hamstring tear, but Solskjaer has suggested it is still too early to talk about Greenwood as a possible replacement.
“I think Mason will have a top and long career,” Solskjaer said before United FA Cup replay third round home for Wolves.
“Let the boy settle first before we talk about England and the Euro. His goal must be to play more for us, improving and when he plays more for us that will happen by himself.
“He has just been chosen to [England] U21s so he’s focusing on his football.”
Greenwood is in line to start against Wolves at Old Trafford on Wednesday after coming on the bench to score in the 4-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.
Ashley Young is still unavailable amid speculation he could leave for Inter Milan, but Eric Bailly is close to a return after five months with a knee injury.
The centre-back will play for the reserves on Tuesday and could return to the squad for the trip to Liverpool on Sunday.
“This is our 14th game in 45 days,” Solskjaer said.
“We still have five or six games before the winter break — it’s relentless — 18 games in 63 days, which is physically and mentally demanding.
“We need to energize them. Bad results should be used as a motivation, as in we are not yet there need to continue to improve. We just need the rhythm. When I was playing, I felt we had the rhythm of the game, the rest, the game, the rest.
Solskjaer has just over two weeks to add to his team before the end of the January transfer window.
Sources told ESPN that United have held talks with Sporting Lisbon on the possibility of signing midfielder Bruno Fernandes, but an agreement with the Portuguese side has not yet been reached.
“I don’t have any transfer updates,” Solskjaer said.
“If we get something we can tell you about we’re going, but I haven’t heard from it now.”
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Meanwhile, United are expected to drop their weakest position ever in Deloitte Money League for 2019-20. United have been third with 711.5 million euros, but are at risk of losing their position as the highest-ranking Premier League club for 2019-20 as forecasts show failure to qualify for Champions League qualification could be translate into their weakest Money League position ever. Manchester City (610.6 million euros) and Liverpool (604.7 million euros) are closing in.
But Solskjaer added: “For me, the most important thing is to get sorted results, get performance on the field, that has to be my goal. I know we have the resources, we have the support if we need to go into the transfer market. We’re still up there, so we’re still in a good position.