PICTURED: Mason Greenwood returns to Manchester United to face talks with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and coronavirus tests after his Iceland hotel shame which saw him kicked out of the England squad
Mason Greenwood has arrived at Manchester United’s training ground for the first time since being kicked out of the England squad.
The Red Devils striker was sent home along with City midfielder Phil Foden after the pair broke coronavirus protocols by inviting two girls to the team hotel.
And now Greenwood has been spotted at Carrington as United prepare for the new season.
England international Mason Greenwood has arrived at Manchester United’s training ground
The Red Devils striker was sent home from the national squad along with midfielder Phil Foden
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will speak with Greenwood over his expulsion from the England squad, but United are determined to protect their teenage striker from any further fallout.
City are likely to adopt a similar policy over Foden after the young Premier League stars were sent home from Iceland in disgrace for smuggling two girls into England’s team hotel in Reykjavik.
Foden has not returned to training with City yet, although Pep Guardiola’s side don’t kick off the new season until a week on Monday when they play Wolves at home.
Greenwood and Foden (pictured) sneaked two Icelandic girls into their team hotel
The Icelandic girls, one of whom is 20-year-old model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir
United also have a late start two days earlier against Crystal Palace and Greenwood was undergoing a Covid risk assessment on Wednesday to determine when he can rejoin his teammates at Carrington.
Solskjaer will discuss the breach of discipline with Greenwood that followed the 18-year-old’s senior England debut against Iceland, but it’s understood the emphasis will be on learning a lesson from the first controversy of his fledgling career.
Sources at United and City have stressed that both clubs are wary of adding to the widespread criticism of the players having already issued statements condemning the incident.
The two girls went to the England team’s hotel to meet the young stars, who both made their debuts for the national team against Iceland on Saturday
Foden has since released a statement, in which he apologised to England, City and his family
City slammed Foden’s ‘totally inappropriate’ actions while United said they were ‘disappointed’ in Greenwood.
Icelandic police have fined the duo 250,000 Icelandic Krona (£1,300) for the rule breach during the coronavirus pandemic, which must be paid by the individuals themselves and not by the FA or their clubs.
The pair made their senior international debuts in the win over Iceland on Saturday – but those accomplishments have now been overshadowed, with footage emerging on social media of the women in question arranging a meet-up with the young stars.
The clubs will take into account the young age and inexperience of the two England debutants who have both made public apologies since being kicked out of the squad by manager Gareth Southgate on Monday.
They were denied an opportunity to win a second cap against Denmark on Tuesday night, and could be punished further by missing next month’s games with Wales, Belgium and the Danes again.
In the video the Icelandic girls, one of whom is 20-year-old model Nadia Sif Lindal Gunnarsdottir, ask how the stars are going to sneak them into the hotel.
At the other end of the line, Foden could be heard responding: ‘What you coming to the hotel for?’, before Greenwood appears to say to his team-mate in the background: ‘what do you think?’
Later footage then shows the footballers with the model and her cousin and best friend Lara Clausen, a 19-year-old law student.
One of the girls has apologised for her part in the incident, saying she felt ‘really, really, really bad’.
Foden has a two-year-old son and a long-term girlfriend, while United star Greenwood broke up with his model girlfriend back in May.
OFFICIAL ENGLAND STATEMENT
An FA Spokesman said on Monday: ‘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.
‘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 Iceland FA to offer our apologies for this incident and to ensure them that we are taking the appropriate steps.
‘We have also assured the Danish FA 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.’