July 06, (THEWILL) – Manchester United’s pre-season preparations have begun without Mason Greenwood, as the player’s future at the club remains uncertain.
The internal investigation into Greenwood, initiated 154 days ago following the discontinuation of a case against him for attempted rape, assault, and coercive control, is nearing its conclusion. While the decision is yet to be announced, there appears to be a divergence of opinions within the club, with the football and commercial departments holding different perspectives. The online response to the situation has been polarising, with some advocating for his return, while others believe his actions should preclude him from representing the club.
Chief Executive Richard Arnold, in collaboration with co-owner Joel Glazer, is expected to make the final decision based on the investigation’s findings. There are still individuals within the club who believe Greenwood should be given the opportunity to redeem himself. United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, is open to the prospect of including the 21-year-old England international in his squad, contingent upon the investigation’s outcome. While some sponsors have expressed their concerns about his employment, there are ongoing discussions about potential pathways for his rehabilitation within the club.
One possibility being considered is a loan move, which would allow Greenwood to demonstrate his progress without being under the direct spotlight of Old Trafford. Although the decision-making process has been protracted, it is attributed to the thoroughness and seriousness with which the club has approached the matter, rather than any influence from the ongoing ownership uncertainty. However, the situation surrounding Greenwood has gained significant attention due to the disturbing footage and audio preceding the police action. The woman involved in the incident remains anonymous and has received support from online commentators.
Legally, Greenwood does not face any charges, complicating the club’s course of action. Terminating his contract would present its own set of challenges. However, members of the United women’s team are known to have reservations about his potential return. As United navigates this complex issue, they are also in pursuit of a new centre-forward, although they maintain that the pursuit of a new player will not affect their decision regarding Greenwood’s future.