Mason Greenwood’s future at Manchester United is still “the subject of intense internal deliberation,” according to the club.
On February 2, charges against forward Greenwood, 21, including attempted rape and violence, were dropped.
The announcement was supposed to come before Monday’s Premier League start against Wolves, but it was postponed.
United announced in a statement on Wednesday that the “fact-finding phase” of their investigation was complete.
They noted that a decision on Greenwood’s future, which “ultimately rests” with CEO Richard Arnold, was nearing completion.
United’s initial plan was for Greenwood to return in some capacity, but the heated debate over his future, among other things, has caused them to reconsider.
United stated that they had obtained “extensive evidence and context not previously available in the public domain” and spoke with “numerous people with direct involvement or knowledge of the case.”
“Throughout this process, the welfare and perspective of the alleged victim has been central to the club’s inquiries, and we respect her right to lifelong anonymity,” stated the statement.
“We also have responsibilities to Mason as an employee, a young person who has been with the club since the age of seven, and a new father with a partner.”
“Contrary to media speculation, that decision has not yet been made and is currently the subject of intense internal deliberation,” the club noted.
“When a decision is made, it will be communicated and explained to the club’s internal and external stakeholders.”
“This has been a difficult case for everyone associated with Manchester United, and we understand the strong feelings it has elicited based on the limited evidence available in the public domain.” We appeal for your patience while we complete the last stages of this well planned process.”
United declared on Friday that they would confer with all important stakeholders, including their women’s team, before making a decision.
Before the Wolves game, fans demonstrated outside Old Trafford against Greenwood’s possible return, while a group of female United supporters demanded that the club “demonstrate a zero tolerance approach” to violence against women.
Female Fans Against Greenwood’s Return issued a lengthy statement in which they stated that Greenwood’s reintegration “tells us, as women, that we don’t matter.”
Greenwood’s solicitors were contacted by BBC Sport for a response to the planned protest, but they declined to comment.
Greenwood has been unavailable for selection since his arrest and has not participated in club training at Carrington.
His contract with United expires in June 2025.
He was detained in January 2022 as a result of allegations involving social media photographs and videos. Later, he was charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behavior, and assault causing actual bodily harm.
Following the dismissal of the charges against Greenwood, the Crown Prosecution Service stated that crucial witnesses had withdrawn and new evidence had come to light, implying that “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction” existed.
Greenwood was “relieved” at the moment, according to a statement made on his behalf. United then launched its own internal probe.