Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issues Mason Greenwood verdict after Manchester United defeat to West Ham

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that it was “too late” by the time Mason Greenwood stepped off the bench during Wednesday evening’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham – but hailed his impact.

Greenwood, who has scored three goals in six appearances in all competitions so far this season, was brought into the action just past the hour mark to replace Juan Mata as United searched for a route back into the contest following Manuel Lanzini’s opener inside the first ten minutes.

The United academy graduate, who turns 20 next week, looked sharp and did fashion several openings for the home side as they pushed for an equaliser.

However, his efforts were to no avail, meaning United bowed out of the competition at the third-round stage for the first time since 2018.

Despite not being able to claw United level, Solskjaer heaped praise on Greenwood for his cameo appearance off the bench.

“Mason came on and made a positive impact, no doubt about it,” Solskjaer told United’s club website. “He was fresh, sharp and could have got a goal, but it was too little, too late.

“In the last six or seven minutes, of course, we’re going to go gung-ho and they could have scored a couple.”

United, who made a total of 11 changes from the side that had beaten West Ham 2-1 at the London Stadium on Sunday, enjoyed plenty of the ball inside the Hammers’ half and pushed to make things happen. Ultimately, though, it was the killer pass that was lacking in the final third to fashion good opportunities.

Solskjaer added: “We didn’t create enough big chances, we built pressure, but we couldn’t [score]. We had a couple of big chances – Mason [Greenwood] came on, had a decent one.

“We built pressure but sometimes you know that pressure doesn’t come to anything.”

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