Mason Greenwood’s game time being managed at Man Utd after surprise substitution
Mason Greenwood’s playing time is being managed, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed.
The 19-year-old started in the 1-0 win over West Ham on Tuesday night in the FA Cup, as he has done now for six of United’s last seven matches.
But he was replaced by Edinson Cavani in the 86th minute, despite seeming to have a better game than Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial, who both stayed on.
And Solskjaer revealed that he is keeping a close eye on Greenwood, admitting he thought he had a stellar game against the Hammers.
"Mason did really well," Solskjaer said after United booked their place in the quarter finals. "He played well. We're managing his minutes.
“He's played the last three now from the start and Anthony played a game the other week and didn't play the last game, so we wanted him to complete the game.
"Marcus, we wanted to keep him for the counter threats, the pace. Mason was really positive night."
United were of course taken to extra time by West Ham before Scott McTominay scored the winning goal.
And with his players not in action again until Sunday when they travel to West Brom, Solskjaer thinks that the extra half an hour will do his side the world of good.
"I think those extra minutes might just give us a boost for our fitness," the Norwegian added.
"The players saw the game out really well, we are getting stronger and fitter, so of course you'd like to win in 90 minutes.
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"And when it happened to be like this, to go straight to pens wouldn't be the right thing."
"Going through is always the main thing in the cup and, for us, bouncing back was important after the last kick of the ball the other day [against Everton]. So very pleased with the mentality, the attitude and we were positive about going through."
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