Ian Wright accuses Ralf Rangnick of not trusting Man Utd star Mason Greenwood

Ian Wright was left ‘baffled’ by Ralf Rangnick’s decision to replace Mason Greenwood during Manchester United’s defeat to Wolves, insisting the manager did not place enough trust in his young forward.

United turned in an abject performance as Wolves claimed their first win at Old Trafford since 1980 thanks to Joao Moutinho’s second-half winner.

While the home side struggled to get out of first gear for much of the game, Greenwood was United’s bright spark during a difficult first-half.

The 20-year-old was replaced on the hour however by Bruno Fernandes, a decision that drew boos from the Old Trafford crowd.

‘I think that was a sacrifice because it’s easy to take him off,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.

‘You’re not going to take off Cavani or Ronaldo. He’s taken off Greenwood who is someone at the age where he is kind of fearless. We know what he is capable of doing.

‘He’s always going to get on the ball and dribble at people. You don’t take that off because he is going to do something at some stage that’s going to create a chance.

‘When you consider [Nemanja] Matic and [Scott] McTominay played the whole 90 minutes when they needed something, I am baffled by that.’

Rangnick explained in his post-match interviews that he was reluctant to replace midfielders McTominay and Matic, leaving him to choose between one of Greenwood or Edinson Cavani to come off.

Disappointed with that revelation, Wright suggested Rangnick went for the easier option in keeping the more experienced player on the pitch, showing a lack of faith in Greenwood.  

‘I’m quite disappointed with Ralf there with omission about Edinson Cavani or Greenwood,’ Wright continued.

‘In this game, Greenwood wase giving more. For Greenwood to be taken off, because Cavani is more experienced and the stature of the player, says to me ‘I don’t trust him enough now’.

‘I’m not taking Mason Greenwood off. For him to say: ‘And I just chose Greenwood’ is just taking off the youngster who is doing more.’

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