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Man Utd chief informs senior staff Mason Greenwood ‘will return’ to squad; club statement released

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United

Manchester United CEO Richard Arnold has reportedly informed senior club staff that Mason Greenwood will return to the first-team squad.

The 21-year-old has not featured for the Red Devils since January 2022. While all CPS charges against him have long been dropped, his potential return would be extremely controversial.

Greenwood has been training alone in recent months to regain match fitness. The attacker’s best years still lay ahead and his potential return to Man Utd would be a boost for Erik ten Hag.

As reported by TEAMtalk, the decision on Greenwood’s potential return to the Man Utd squad does not rest with Ten Hag, but it is understood that the manager is ‘open’ to that prospect.

Now, according to a report from the AthleticArnold informed senior staff ‘two weeks ago’ that the club were planning to ‘bring back’ Greenwood. He also intended to ‘record a video explaining the situation.’

The 21-year-old has scored 35 goals in 129 appearances for the Red Devils and can undoubtedly be an asset to the team.

His potential return to playing Premier League football would understandably go down badly with many fans around the world, though, and many argue it sends a damaging message.

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Man Utd release statement regarding Greenwood

Shortly following the release of the Athletic’s article regarding Arnold’s alleged decision, Man Utd released a statement on their official website.

The statement reads: “Following the dropping of all charges against Mason Greenwood in February 2023, Manchester United has conducted a thorough investigation into the allegations made against him.”

“This has drawn on extensive evidence and context, not in the public domain, and we have heard from 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.

“We also have responsibilities to Mason as an employee, as a young person who has been with the club since the age of seven, and as a new father with a partner.

“The fact-finding phase of our investigation is now complete, and we are in the final stages of making a decision on Mason’s future.

“Contrary to media speculation, that decision has not yet been made and is currently the subject of intensive internal deliberation. Responsibility ultimately rests with the Chief Executive Officer [Richard Arnold].

“Once made, the decision 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 opinions it has provoked based on the partial evidence in the public domain. We ask for patience as we work through the final stages of this carefully considered process.”

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