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Mason Greenwood Man Utd wait goes on as Ten Hag moves to offload two attackers amid delay

Mason Greenwood, Manchester United

Mason Greenwood, formerly of Man Utd

Man Utd have already come to decisions about the futures of two of their attackers, but are yet to work out what to do with Mason Greenwood, according to the latest updates.

Greenwood’s future is a complicated topic for Man Utd to resolve at present. The forward has not played for the club since January 2022. Recently, charges against him were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service after the withdrawal of key witnesses.

But whether to reintegrate him into the squad is an issue Man Utd will face scrutiny for. For example, Gareth Southgate will reportedly not be choosing him for England while he is manager.

As things stand, Greenwood is still staying away from the Man Utd first-team squad.

According to the latest from the Manchester Evening News, Man Utd are still “yet to decide” if they will offer Greenwood a route back into their squad, or send him elsewhere.

But the futures of two other forwards in Man Utd’s current squad have become a little clearer within the update from the MEN.

It is claimed that Man Utd are preparing to loan out Facundo Pellistri and Anthony Elanga next season. Both of them are struggling for regular gametime at present.

Pellistri has failed to start a single Premier League match for Man Utd this season. Meanwhile, Elanga has five starts to his name, but none since the World Cup.

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Pellistri and Elanga in line for Man Utd exits

Anthony Elanga, Bruno Fernandes, Facundo Pellistri, Manchester United, January 2023

At the ages of 21 and 20 respectively, Pellistri and Elanga need more regular gametime if they are to develop into useful players for Man Utd in the future.

Departures weren’t an option for Erik ten Hag to sanction in January, since he wanted to preserve his squad depth. Watford and Everton were left disappointed respectively by Man Utd’s decisions about Pellistri and Elanga.

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But the summer could be the right moment for them to reconsider their plans.

Pellistri is due to be under contract with Man Utd until 2025. Therefore, a loan spell away next season could be make or break for him. Indeed, the club are “reluctant” to sell the former Alaves loanee already this summer.

Elanga, meanwhile, has a deal lasting until 2026 at Old Trafford. Having failed to score for his club for over a year, though, he needs to find a way to regain his confidence.

In the meantime, Man Utd are planning to invest in a top-class centre-forward if one becomes available during the summer. In that regard, TEAMtalk has been told the latest on how they could get a hold of Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur.