Manchester United are reportedly planning to hire specialists as part of their internal investigation into Mason Greenwood, with a focus on his mental and physical condition after charges of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behavior, and assault was dropped against the 21-year-old earlier this month.
United officials are said to be split on how to proceed, with some ‘very unhappy’ with the prospect of Greenwood returning to the first team. The Crown Prosecution Service halted the case after a key witness withdrew, leaving them with little realistic hope of conviction.
Greenwood has never been convicted of a crime, and his contract at Manchester United expires in 2025. Throughout the legal procedure, the former England international has continued to bank his near-£100,000-per-week salary.
Manager Erik ten Hag is said to have contacted Greenwood, who has not trained or played with his teammates since his arrest in January of last year. The player claims he did nothing wrong.
Although the striker will not face criminal charges, United will undertake its own inquiry before deciding whether or not to welcome him back. According to The Daily Star, they want to consult with doctors as part of the process to obtain a better knowledge of his physical and mental health.
Greenwood will also be interviewed by United. Behind-the-scenes figures hope to complete the process before the end of the season, albeit it is thought improbable that the youngster will wear the red shirt in 2022/23.
Greenwood entered the Red Devils’ academy as a young schoolboy and progressed through the levels to make his senior debut in 2019, becoming the club’s second-youngest player at 17 years and 156 days. He retired in January 2022, having scored 35 goals in 130 games for club and country.
Faced with an unclear future, the attacker is said to be eager to restart his career in China if his time at Old Trafford comes to an end as a result of United’s probe. His pay would be halved in such a move, with the Chinese Super League restricting weekly salaries to £50,000.
Greenwood was scheduled to go on trial in November of this year, but the accusations against him were dismissed. Meanwhile, he remains on United’s official squad list and wears the No. 11 jersey.
When asked about the situation earlier this month, Ten Hag was naturally hesitant, telling reporters: “I have nothing to contribute. It’s… I’m referring to the club’s remark. As I previously stated, I am unable to comment on the process at this time.”