Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts Mason Greenwood is likely to become Manchester United's number nine in the future, but says the teenager must learn how to head the ball first.

Greenwood, who superbly broke into the United first team last season, opened his goalscoring account for the new season with a late strike as a substitute in Tuesday's 3-0 away win over Luton Town in the EFL Cup.

The England international formed a potent front three with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford towards the end of last season and there have been calls for the 18-year-old to be given a chance down the middle, rather than playing in a wide role.

United boss Solskjaer does see that happening in the years ahead, but feels there are some adjustments for Greenwood still to make before he takes the central role currently held by Martial.

"He had a fantastic season last season and to get his goal now was important to him," Solskjaer said to the club's website. 

"Marcus too. It always is with strikers, to get that confidence and feeling of scoring, to get that hunger again. 

"So I'm very happy with that, he [Greenwood] just needs to work to get his fitness and sharpness back."

When asked about Greenwood's position, Solskjaer added: "He can play through the middle as well.

"I think, as a young boy, not physically grown yet, it is nice to be facing forward rather than being the number nine, the foil; being the battering ram if you like.

"So I think he will end up as a number nine in the end, probably. But he's so good with his right and left [foot], so he can come in off his right and left, or through the middle. 

"I scored most of my goals from just outside the post as well, I wasn't like in the middle.

"For him to be a number nine, though, he needs to learn how to head the ball. I keep telling him that and, if he wants to do that, he's welcome to come and practice with me."

United are back in action away to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday in the Premier League on Saturday as they look to bounce back from their opening defeat to Crystal Palace.

Dean Henderson strengthened his case to be Manchester United's number one with a brilliant save late on as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's disjointed side beat Luton Town 3-0 in the EFL Cup.

United suffered a 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace in their first Premier League game on Saturday and Solskjaer made 10 changes for the third-round tie at Kenilworth Road, including handing a debut to goalkeeper Henderson as David de Gea was given the night off.

A Juan Mata penalty on the stroke of half-time gave United the lead against their Championship hosts, who would have levelled with nine minutes remaining had Henderson's one-handed stop not denied Tom Lockyer.

By that point a concerned Solskjaer had called for the cavalry and substitutes Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood both added late goals for a victory that flattered United.

David de Gea got the nod over Dean Henderson for Manchester United's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed his regular number one goalkeeper.

The battle to start in goal for United intensified when Henderson returned from a successful loan spell at Sheffield United.

His form for the Blades earned Henderson an England call-up and cast doubt on whether De Gea, after a number of costly errors, should remain as Solskjaer's first choice this season.

The 29-year-old De Gea, who joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, has been given the chance to show he deserves to keep the starting role.

United's paucity of close-season signings was reflected in their starting XI for the clash with Roy Hodgson's Palace.

There were no new faces in the home XI, although midfielder recruit Donny van de Beek was a substitute after his arrival from Ajax.

Mason Greenwood was also a substitute, with Daniel James surprisingly chosen ahead of the 18-year-old England international, whose off-field behaviour has faced scrutiny in the past fortnight.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka began on the bench too, last season's regular right-back lacking in match fitness as his slot went to Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial started, while Harry Maguire captained the Red Devils, keeping the role despite his arrest and court case in Greece during the between-season break.

Wilfried Zaha was selected as captain for Palace against his former club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims England boss Gareth Southgate went against his wishes by calling up Mason Greenwood after the teenager's maiden senior international experience ended in disgrace.

Greenwood, 18, was selected for the Three Lions squad to face Iceland and Denmark in the Nations League at the start of this month.

He made his debut from the bench as England won the former game 1-0 but was then sent home along with Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden after the duo breached strict coronavirus protocols by entertaining women at the team hotel.

Speaking ahead of United's first Premier League game of the 2020-21 season at home to Crystal Palace, Solskjaer questioned England's approach to Greenwood's welfare and suggested he needed a mental break after the rigours of a superb breakthrough campaign, which continued deep into August as United reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.

"Yeah, of course I've spoken to Mason," Solskjaer said. "What we speak about and discuss will be between the two of us.

"The kid had a fantastic season, he's just come through. I've worked and the club has worked and all the staff here have worked really hard - when we gave Mason enough time on the pitch, when we gave him exposure in the media.

"Then you come to the end of the season and we've had less than two weeks off and he's called up to the national team."

Solskjaer seemed to take particular exception to Greenwood being assigned media conference duties ahead of his England debut.

"I have to be honest enough to say I tried my best to give him a rest over the summer, at the club we asked specifically and pointed out he should have had a rest," he added.

"He needs it mentally and physically after that season he had and the first thing that happens is one, he's called up and two, he's right there in the press.

"We've done whatever we can to protect him and I will keep on helping him. I know when he comes back into the daily routine of the club and what we do to him he'll be fine."

Greenwood scored 17 goals in all competitions last season, matching the best return for a teenager in United colours - a distinction he now shares with club greats George Best, Brian Kidd and Wayne Rooney.

Mason Greenwood accepted he showed "poor judgement" after footage emerged of the Manchester United striker appearing to show him inhaling laughing gas.

The video, which was published by The Sun, comes in the wake of Greenwood being sent home prior to England's Nations League contest with Denmark having broken coronavirus protocol rules after making his Three Lions debut against Iceland last weekend.

In the footage, teenager Greenwood can be seen filling a balloon apparently with nitrous oxide from a canister before inhaling.

Possession of laughing gas is not illegal but its use can be potentially dangerous and is associated with a risk of heart attacks or brain damage.

In a statement from Greenwood released via United, he acknowledged that his rise to prominence means his actions will be "judged to a higher standard".

"I have now been made aware of the health risks associated with this practice and accept that even trying it, as shown in these historical pictures, was poor judgement on my part. I strongly urge others not to follow my example," he said.

"As an 18 year old I am learning all the time, however,  this week I have also learned that I will be judged to a higher standard because of my career as a footballer and I must respect that in future. I am determined to repay the faith shown in me by my manager and coaches."

Greenwood, alongside Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, was dropped by England after it emerged the pair had ignored coronavirus-prevention protocols following the 1-0 triumph over Iceland.

They remained in Reykjavik while the rest of the squad travelled to Denmark after an Icelandic website published a story where Greenwood and Foden appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the two girls with whom they were said to be socialising.

The Football Association (FA) has launched a full investigation into the matter, while Greenwood and Foden were condemned by their respective clubs.

Greenwood later issued his own apology, while England manager Gareth Southgate branded their actions as "naive".

Harry Kane confirmed he and some of his England team-mates reached out to Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood after the youngsters were banished from Gareth Southgate's squad.

Manchester City playmaker Foden and Manchester United forward Greenwood were sent home after breaching coronavirus protocol, following their debuts during England's 1-0 Nations League win in Iceland on Saturday.

Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18, are alleged to have been socialising with women at England's team hotel, actions that were in breach of Iceland's self-isolation regulations in response to COVID-19.

Without the talented youngsters, Southgate's men laboured to a 0-0 draw with Denmark in Copenhagen.

After the match, the England manager said further details had convinced him Foden and Greenwood were right to be jettisoned, irrespective of coronavirus considerations, but also spoke of a duty of care to players who needed to rebuild trust with their new international team-mates.

Addressing a news conference, Kane suggested that process was already underway.

"I text them both. I think it was important," the England captain said.

"They could have been in a lonely place and it's not easy taking criticism, especially when you're in the media and the fans' eye.

"We were in a situation where I didn't want them to feel alone. I know a couple of the other boys have text them as well to make sure they're doing okay.

"They know they've made a mistake and they'll learn from it. They are young boys coming into a big world. I know, for sure, it won't happen again."

Kane saw Mathias Jorgensen clear his goalbound shot off the line in stoppage time but was keen to take positives from a performance where Southgate sent his players out in a remodelled 3-4-3 formation, with debuts handed to Conor Coady, Kalvin Phillips, Jack Grealish and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

"It wasn't a bad performance but we could have done better," he said.

"We were trying a new system, getting used to that a bit as well. We created a couple of chances – I had one at the end just cleared off the line, which was a shame.

"If that had gone in, it would have been a good night's work.

"We're still in a strong position in the Nations League. We know we've got a lot to improve on but we can take some positives from what we've done."

England's next game in Group A2 comes against Belgium, who are top of the standings with two wins from two having thrashed Iceland 5-1 on Tuesday.

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood will have the support of Gareth Southgate, even though the England manager suggested the pair's breach of team discipline was more serious than first presumed.

Manchester City playmaker Foden and Manchester United forward Greenwood were sent home from the England camp having broken coronavirus protocols, after making their debuts during Saturday's 1-0 Nations League win over Iceland.

The youngsters appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the women they were said to be socialising with at England's team hotel, a meeting forbidden under Iceland's strict self-isolation rules in response to COVID-19.

Southgate changed personnel and formation for Tuesday's 0-0 draw in Denmark, after which attention again turned to Foden and Greenwood.

The Football Association (FA) is investigating the incident and Southgate explained that what he has since learned of their actions means, irrespective of coronavirus rules, they would have been banished from his squad.

"I've spoken to both of them," he told Sky Sports. "They know what's happened is unacceptable and was unacceptable on a COVID basis but, as I've learned, was unacceptable on any basis. Either way, they would have gone home."

Nevertheless, Southgate insisted he feels a duty of care towards Foden, 20, and Greenwood, 18.

"They're young men, the consequence is there. They now need support. They're everywhere in the press, everyone is wading in on them," he said.

"They need help to rebuild, understand the expectation of being an England player and we need to help them in that process. We must help young people get back on their feet."

The Three Lions boss did not rule out calling up the either player for October's internationals, but insisted there is work to be done.

"There's a lot of thinking and a lot of trust needs to be built first," he said. "My mindset it not to hurt these boys anymore.

"They're going through that with their families and their friends and I don’t need to add into that."

Southgate handed out four more debuts in Copenhagen – Conor Coady and Kalvin Phillips from the start before Jack Grealish and Ainsley Maitland-Niles featured as second-half substitutes.

Their collective presence was arguably the most notable feature in a game where England switched to a 3-4-3 setup and struggled to create many chances of note before Harry Kane had a shot cleared off the line in stoppage time.

"We've learned a lot," Southgate added. "We tried a new system, which we will get better at.

"Given everything we’ve had to deal with, 10 pull outs for various reasons… we felt we wanted to start with stability.

"We could have been a bit higher during the first half but we were in control.

"It wasn't a game where we were going to be able to press as high for 90 minutes That had a bearing on our formation as well

"In the second half we felt we were in control with some of the changes. Mason [Mount] and Jack made us a bit more forward thinking.

"Ainsley and Conor did well, I was happy with the lads who made their debuts."

Mason Greenwood has apologised to England manager Gareth Southgate for breaking coronavirus protocols in Iceland and vowed to learn from his mistakes.

Greenwood, 18, and Phil Foden, 20, were excluded from the Three Lions' squad after it emerged they had ignored coronavirus-prevention protocols in Iceland following England's 1-0 Nations League win on Saturday, when both men made their senior debuts.

The pair had to remain in Reykjavik as the rest of the squad travelled to Denmark after an Icelandic website published a story where Foden and Greenwood appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of two Icelandic girls they were said to be socialising with.

The country's self-isolation rules prohibit such meetings, with England only granted certain exemptions so they could play in Saturday's match.

Greenwood and Foden were unable to train with the squad on Monday as a result of the meeting and were ordered to stay behind in Reykjavik before travelling home separately.

The Football Association (FA) has launched a full investigation into the matter and, following a statement from Greenwood's club Manchester United in which his actions were condemned, the teenager has released a public apology of his own.

"Having now had the chance to reflect on what's happened, I can only apologise to everyone for the embarrassment I have caused," Greenwood said in a statement posted to United's website.

"It was irresponsible of me to break the COVID-19 protocols which are in place to protect players, staff and the public.

"In particular, I want to apologise to Gareth Southgate, for letting him down, when he had shown great trust in me.

"Playing for England was one of the proudest moments in my life and I only have myself to blame for this huge mistake.

"I promise my family, the fans, Manchester United and England that this is a lesson I will learn from."

Phil Foden accepts his behaviour did not meet the expectations required of him as an England player as he apologised for breaching coronavirus protocol rules.

The Manchester City attacking midfielder made his debut in England's 1-0 Nations League win over Iceland on Saturday but was dropped alongside Manchester United star Mason Greenwood for Tuesday's clash in Denmark after breaking rules put in place to ensure player safety.

The pair have had to remain behind in Reykjavik after an Icelandic website published a story where Foden and Greenwood appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with.

Iceland's self-isolation rules prohibit such meetings and England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed Foden and Greenwood were unable to train on Monday as a result and would not feature against Denmark.

Foden has made his first public statement since the incident was brought to light and vowed to learn from his error.

"Following the story which has emerged today regarding my actions in Iceland, I want to make a full apology," Foden posted on Twitter.

"I apologise to Gareth Southgate, to my England team-mates, to the staff, supporters and also to my club and my family.

"When I was called up by Gareth for these games, my first reaction was that of immense pride. To pull on that shirt for the senior team in my England debut was an incredible privilege.

"I am a young player with a lot to learn, but I am aware of the huge responsibility I have in representing Manchester City and England at this level.

"On this occasion I made a poor decision and my behaviour didn't meet the standards expected of me.

"I breached COVID-19 protocols put in place to protect myself and my England colleagues. As a consequence I will now miss the opportunity to travel to Denmark with the squad, and that hurts.

"I will learn a valuable lesson from this error in judgment and I wish Gareth and the team good luck this week."

Both City and United released statements condemning the actions of their players, while the Football Association said it will fully investigate.

Southgate described their actions as "naive" but was non-committal about how the incident will impact on their involvement with England moving forward.

"I think [to make a call on] those things, it's too early until I have all the information. I don't think I should be making those comments," Southgate told the media on Monday.

"I'm a father to young adults. I know young people get things wrong, we're not excusing that. We've got to assess everything else moving forward."

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood will be investigated by the Football Association (FA) after the England duo breached coronavirus protocol while on international duty in Iceland.

Manchester City midfielder Foden, 20, and Manchester United striker Greenwood, 18, have been dropped for the Three Lions' Nations League encounter with Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

The pair have had to remain behind in Reykjavik - where they made their senior England debuts in Saturday's 1-0 win - after an Icelandic website published a story where Foden and Greenwood appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with.

Iceland's self-isolation rules prohibit such meetings and England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed Foden and Greenwood were unable to train on Monday as a result and would not feature against Denmark.

Southgate met the press shortly after the story first emerged and the FA has now published a statement promising to look further into the matter.

"Whilst in Iceland, both Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood spent time outside of our private team area, which was a breach of our COVID-19 rules," an FA spokesperson said.

"While they did not leave the team hotel, it was an unacceptable breach of our protocol. They have both apologised for their serious lack of judgement.

"The FA will be launching a full investigation into the circumstances leading up to this breach. We have spoken to the Football Association of Iceland to offer our apologies for this incident and to assure them that we are taking the appropriate steps.

"We have also assured the Danish Football Union that all other players and staff members have been isolated within our group throughout this period.

"Our immediate priority now is preparing the team for the match against Denmark tomorrow."

Both City and United released statements expressing their disappointment at the actions of their players, while Southgate said he expected to speak with Foden and Greenwood after his news conference.

"Obviously they have been naive," Southgate said. "We've dealt with it appropriately.

"I recognise their age but of course the whole word is dealing with this pandemic and there's responsibility on every age group to make sure that they play their part in keeping each other safe and not spreading the virus.

"We're certainly not underestimating how important it's been to try and keep that bubble as we have."

Manchester United and Manchester City have expressed their disappointment in Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden respectively after the duo were dropped from England's squad for breaching coronavirus isolation rules.

The youngsters appeared to be shown in a video posted on Snapchat by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with in Reykjavik, shortly after making their respective debuts in the 1-0 Nations League victory over Iceland on Saturday.

Such meetings are forbidden as part of Iceland's self-isolation rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with England granted special exemptions for the match in Reykjavik. 

Icelandic media suggested England players had been exempt from a five-day quarantine but were subject to mandatory coronavirus tests at the border and were not allowed to meet with anyone outside of the squad or travelling contingent.

Manager Gareth Southgate later confirmed the pair will return to England separately and not take part in Tuesday's contest against Denmark in Copenhagen.

A statement from Manchester United read: "Manchester United are liaising with the Football Association and are disappointed with the actions of Mason Greenwood over this situation."

Stats Perform News understands the club believe Greenwood will not have to quarantine upon his return as the United Kingdom has no travel restrictions with Iceland, although a decision on when he can resume training is expected to be made in due course.

Manchester City added on Foden: "It is clear that Phil's actions were totally inappropriate. 

"His behaviour not only directly contravenes strict guidelines related to COVID-19, but also falls well below the standard expected of a Manchester City player and England international.

"The club supports the FA regarding this incident, and officials from the club are now in touch in relation to Phil's enforced early return to the UK.

"We have no further comment to make on this matter."

Southgate addressed the media on Monday and was keen to stress nobody from outside England's bubble had entered the area of the facilities that the team have been using, and that no one else within the party had come into contact with Greenwood or Foden.

When asked whether the breach would impact the duo's involvement with England moving forward, Southgate said: "I think [to make a call on] those things, it's too early until I have all the information. I don't think I should be making those comments.

"I'm a father to young adults. I know young people get things wrong, we're not excusing that. We've got to assess everything else moving forward."

Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood have been dropped by England and face disciplinary action after breaching coronavirus isolation rules following Saturday's win over Iceland, Gareth Southgate has confirmed.

The youngsters, who made their England debuts in the 1-0 Nations League victory, appeared to be shown in a Snapchat video posted by one of the girls they were said to be socialising with.

Iceland's self-isolation rules in response to the COVID-19 pandemic meant such a meeting was forbidden, with England granted special exemptions only for the match in Reykjavik.

According to Icelandic media, England players were subject to mandatory coronavirus tests at the border and, although they had been exempt from a five-day quarantine, they were not allowed to meet with anyone outside of the squad.

Southgate confirmed the players would be sent home, ruling them out of Tuesday's match with Denmark.

"Unfortunately this morning it was brought to my attention that the two boys have broken the COVID guidelines in terms of our secure bubble – we had to decide they couldn't have interaction with the rest of the team," he said. 

"They'll have to travel back to England separately."

The two players were accused of having people in their hotel rooms, though Southgate is adamant no one from outside of England's bubble entered the parts of the facility that squad use.

"Nothing has happened in the areas that we occupy in the hotel," he said.

"We're still getting to the depths of all the information as this was only brought to my attention a couple of hours before training and we've had to train. We are still getting to grips with some of the details.

"What is clear is there was a breach of the COVID guidelines. We spent a long time getting those measures in place. The whole squad have followed that to the letter.

"We've had four tests since we've been together. In that respect, we had no alternative but to do what we're doing."

England captain Harry Kane dubbed Mason Greenwood "a really complete goal-scorer" after the Manchester United winger impressed at his first training camp with the Three Lions.

Greenwood received his first call-up to Gareth Southgate's squad after finishing the 2019-20 season with a tally of 10 goals in 31 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils.

The Bradford-born teenager also netted five times in the Europa League for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men and is regarded as one of the best attacking players to have emerged at Old Trafford since Marcus Rashford.

Speaking ahead of England's Nations League opener against Iceland, Kane told reporters: "Mason has been great since the first training session we had.

"You can tell he is full of confidence as a player, he is not afraid to shoot, not afraid to take players on and that is exactly what we want.

"People use the phrase: 'He is a natural goalscorer,' and I guess it is just one of those things, you work a lot on being in the right place at the right time.

"Some of it is just instinct, balls dropping to you in the box and being able to finish it but I guess, looking at him in the short time we have spent together, it is all different kinds of finishing – left foot, right foot, inside of the foot, powerful shots.

"I think that shows a really complete goal-scorer when you can score in any situation. Obviously it has only been a short period of time but he definitely looks like a real top finisher and we look forward to having him in the squads to come because he is still very young."

Greenwood is in contention to make his full England debut as Southgate's men take on Iceland for the first time since the Scandinavian minnows knocked them out of Eurp 2016.

Kane reflected on what that evening in Nice taught him, saying: "It is definitely one of the toughest nights I’ve had in an England shirt.

But it is a game I have definitely learnt from. Obviously that was my first international tournament.

"I was still inexperienced at that level and even club-level really. All throughout the journey in my career I have always tried to take nights like that as a chance to learn and improve.

"I think I have definitely done that as a person, I think the team has definitely improved over the last four years, so of course those games are always in your mind and you always think about what you can do better.

"But we have moved on well, we are in a great place as a squad, an exciting team and I think we are all just really excited to be back playing for England."

Mason Greenwood will wear the number 11 shirt for Manchester United this season, but seven remains vacant.

United announced on Friday new numbers for academy graduates Greenwood and Brandon Williams ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League season.

Greenwood, who could make his England debut against Iceland on Saturday, has left his number 26 shirt for the 11 jersey famously worn by United great Ryan Giggs.

Meanwhile, left-back Williams has traded 53 for 33.

But amid repeated links to Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho in recent months, United still have no number seven, the shirt left vacant since Alexis Sanchez's departure in January.

George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have all previously turned out in the iconic number for United.

The club had already confirmed Donny van de Beek - their only new signing to date - will wear 34 in a nod to former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who was left with permanent brain damage after suffering a cardiac arrhythmia attack during a pre-season match in 2017.

Phil Foden heaped praise on Jadon Sancho for the way the England star embraced the pressure of first-team football at such a young age with Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho left Manchester City for the Bundesliga in 2017, making his debut for Dortmund at the age of 17 following a move prompted in part by fears over a lack of opportunities at the Etihad Stadium.

Foden himself may have harboured similar worries and there has often been talk of a loan switch for the midfielder, but he is steadily asserting himself under Pep Guardiola, who has always talked of the youngster in glowing terms.

Although Foden appears firmly in his manager's plans, he was impressed by Sancho's bold decision to move overseas, with the pair now reunited in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

"I definitely watched Jadon when he went to Dortmund," said the 20-year-old, who will hope to make his senior international bow against Iceland or Denmark in the Nations League.

"There's not many young players that could've played at that level. I was very impressed.

"It seems every year younger players are playing more big games. It's good to see young players getting debuts.

"It just shows the academies have got great coaches, teaching them the right things and they're getting opportunities in the first team."

Foden underlined some of the challenges he has faced in his development, with his diminutive stature creating some difficulties, although he will have seen first-hand how the likes of David Silva and Bernardo Silva make light of that supposed disadvantage.

"When I was a younger age at the academy, I was a lot smaller," he explained. "I had to use my brain more.

"Eventually I started growing, made the step up to the first team. I had to adapt quickly. I've definitely tried to get in the gym much more now, get bigger, stronger. Adapting to the physical side was the most challenging thing.

"As I trained, I started to get better, moving the ball quicker, learning quicker.

"I'm still young. If I feel as though a player is reading me, I feel as though I'm very good at adapting my game style.

"It's nothing that I'll fear. I'll look forward to the challenge."

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