A decision on whether or not Mason Greenwood has a future at Man Utd is now expected to be made before a takeover of the club goes through, according to reports.
Greenwood’s future and the takeover process are two of the main, unrelated topics overshadowing Man Utd off the pitch at the moment. The forward remains suspended and under investigation by the club, whose owners – the Glazer family – are separately in the process of listening to offers for a takeover.
Greenwood has not played for Man Utd since January 2022 after he was charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault.
In February 2023, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the case due to the withdrawal of witnesses and new information coming to light.
But Man Utd have still kept Greenwood away from their setup while conducting their own internal investigation. Recently, manager Erik ten Hag confirmed it was not his decision as to whether the 21-year-old is reintegrated.
Previous reports have indicated that the former England international accepts he may well have to leave Man Utd.
Now, the Daily Star has provided an update on the Greenwood process. According to the report, it will still be the Glazers who make the ‘final decision’ on whether he can continue his career at the club.
Man Utd stakeholders set to be consulted about Mason Greenwood
CEO Richard Arnold will provide them with some recommendations before the ultimate verdict. Once the investigation is complete, Man Utd’s senior figures will consult stakeholders – including supporters, commercial partners and members of the Man Utd women’s squad – for their opinions ahead of the decision.
But the process is now expected to conclude before any potential change of ownership at Man Utd.
The two main bidders for Man Utd, as things stand, are Sir Jim Ratcliffe of the Ineos empire, and Qatari billionaire Sheikh Jassim.
Some clarity at the summit would be helpful before the summer transfer window – in which Ten Hag wants to strengthen in attack, the same kind of territory Greenwood previously made 129 appearances and scored 35 goals for Man Utd in before his arrest – but it appears that is going to have to wait.