Sport Mason Greenwood opens up on 'difficult' time after facing criticism
Mason 'shocked' after Kane goal was ruled out in Spurs' loss at Leeds
Spurs talisman Kane looked to have neatly dinked the visitors into the lead at Elland Road but his effort was chalked off by the raised flag of the linesman. Mason was left bemused by the decision.Spurs talisman Kane looked to have neatly dinked the visitors into the lead at Elland Road but his effort was chalked off by the raised flag of the linesman.
has spoken about how it was 'mentally challenging' to overcome criticism at .
The 19-year-old came under fire last year but says he is now 'happy' to be back playing his best football.
The brunt of the criticism came when he was sent home by England after breaching theprotocols - along with Manchester City's Phil Fioden he sneaked girls into the team hotel in Iceland.
Now, the academy graduate is in fine form and has learnt to deal with those outside voices to prevent them from becoming a distraction.
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Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani were on target as Manchester United fought back against Aston Villa on Sunday.A late defeat for City to Chelsea on Saturday has seemingly only prolonged the inevitable but United had to work hard to preserve their unbeaten away status in the league at Villa Park.
Speaking toabout the pressure he was under at United, Greenwood said: 'It was difficult.
'You know how it is, it was obviously going to come. It was a mental challenge but you have to block it all out really. If you play for United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, you have to overcome that.
'I have pushed that to one side just to concentrate on my football. I have overcome it now. I am happy to be back playing my best football.'
Greenwood became an integral part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad after graduating from the academy system.
He also earned his spot in Gareth Southgate's England side after scoring 17 goals for United last season.
However, he was later sent home from the senior squad for sneaking a beauty queen into the team hotel in Iceland. While Man City midfielder Foden was included in the November internationals, Greenwood was once again left out.
Greenwood rejoices in surpassing Rooney's teenage record
Greenwood took centre stage as Man United pulled off a stunning comeback victory over Aston Villa on Sunday, scoring his side's second goal which in turn broke a record held by an icon.Greenwood took centre stage as Manchester United pulled off a stunning comeback victory over Aston Villa on Sunday, scoring his side's second goal which in turn broke a record held by an iconic name.
He believes he has used his exclusion from the England squad to learn from his mistakes and fulfil his potential.
He said: 'My hold-up play has improved. I don't think I give the ball away as much as I used to do when I was younger and just coming into the team. I know the game a bit more and the pace of the Premier League a bit more. It has all come together.'
Asked if he could land a place England's 26-man squad for the European Championship, Greenwood said: 'It would be nice to go to the Euros but I just want to be fully focused on United for these two games and the Europa League final.
'What happens, happens. I have not really been thinking about it too much. I have just been going out there thinking about my performances for United, how to score and help the team score. I have just been focusing on my football.'
Mason says Spurs have a bright future despite Kane looking to leave .
As Harry Kane prepares for what is likely to be his final game for Spurs, at Leicester, temporary boss Ryan Mason says there are more young stars like them coming through Tottenham's youth system.Kane and Mason helped kickstart a bright new dawn for Spurs seven years ago when Mauricio Pochettino took over and took a gamble on youth ahead of some expensive flops.