Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed young striker Mason Greenwood missed Manchester United’s 3-1 victory at Everton on Saturday due to illness.
A Bruno Fernandes double and Edinson Cavani’s late strike helped the Red Devils come from behind after Bernard opened the scoring for the hosts, sending them up to 14th in the Premier League with a game in hand.
Anthony Martial was given the nod up front with Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata filling the wide positions and there were a few puzzled United fans when it was announced Greenwood had not made the squad.
However, Solskjaer revealed the England international felt under the weather before the game and wasn’t well enough to travel to Merseyside.
He said, as quoted by the Mirror: “He wasn’t feeling well last night. He looked well in training, he looked OK, but he reported not well and couldn’t travel.”
Greenwood was left out of Gareth Southgate’s recent England squad, with captain Harry Kane, United teammate Rashford, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin preferred in striking positions.
Phil Foden, who alongside Greenwood was sent home from the Three Lions squad during the September international break for breaking Covid-19 isolation protocols, has been included for the upcoming fixtures against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
Greenwood has featured in five Premier League games so far this season, though his two goals for the campaign have come in the Champions League and Carabao Cup.
Following the international break, United have league fixtures against West Brom and Southampton, as well as two more European ties against Istanbul Basaksehir and Paris Saint-Germain.