Manchester United has set a deadline for deciding whether to bring Mason Greenwood back into the team as the club prepares for talks with key stakeholders about the striker’s future. According to reports, the Premier League club intends to poll important figures connected to the club once their own investigation is completed, which will determine if Greenwood will play for the club again or not.
In January 2022, the one-cap England striker was charged with attempted rape of a female, controlling and coercive behavior, and assault. Following the ‘removal of a key witness,’ all three charges were withdrawn in February.
Greenwood has not played for United since his arrest, and the club ‘may make a statement’ on his future before a takeover deal is concluded, according to the Daily Star. As of now, no formal decision has been made on the identity of their preferred bidder between Sheikh Jassim and Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
According to the article, United’s internal probe into Greenwood is still ongoing, with senior club executives considering their next move for the 21-year-old.
However, according to reports, once a decision is reached, United will undertake discussions with stakeholders to assess their perspectives in order to make an informed decision.
Commercial partners, supporters, and all those connected in United’s WSL squad have been approached for their comments, with England internationals Alessia Russo and Ella Toone among those questioned.
According to reports, players from both the men’s and women’s teams are opposed to the Bradford-born athlete returning to the club after his imprisonment in January 2022.
The Sun previously reported that the England international believes he will not play for United again and has told close friends that he expects to leave after waiting three months for an answer on his future, with a move abroad the most likely option following interest from Juventus.
Greenwood’s potential comeback has been kept under wraps by current manager Erik ten Hag, who claimed in an interview with The Times that he has “showed in the past that he is capable of doing that [scoring goals for the club]”. However, the 52-year-old CEO has stated that the final choice is not his.
Greenwood has also not been training with the first team, with his last appearance for the Red Devils coming in January 2022, when he played 82 minutes in a 1-0 win over West Ham United.
After graduating from the academy in 2018 and breaking into the first-team squad under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the £75,000-a-week attacker has scored 35 goals in 129 appearances for the club.