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Mason Greenwood: Ten Hag favours risky Man Utd transfer decision that could cause Old Trafford ‘split’

Man Utd forward Mason Greenwood

The transfer decision Erik ten Hag would like to make pending a Man Utd investigation into Mason Greenwood has been revealed, though it may cause a ‘split’ at Old Trafford, per a report.

The 21-year-old has not featured for club or country since January of 2022. Greenwood was arrested over one ago on allegations of attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour. He was subsequently suspended indefinitely by Man Utd.

However, on February 2 of this year, the Crown Prosecution Service dropped all of the charges that were levied against Greenwood last October. Explaining the decision, the CPS cited “the withdrawal of key witnesses” and the emergence of “new material.”

Greenwood has since resumed full training ahead of a potential comeback in football, though not at United’s Carrington complex. Instead, the forward has put himself through his paces behind closed doors.

Now, according to a fresh update from the Athletic, what Ten Hag would like to do with Greenwood has been revealed.

They stated the Dutch boss will be led by the findings of United’s probe. However, in the event Greenwood is given the greenlight to return to professional football, Ten Hag is ‘open’ to reintegrating the forward into his first-team squad.

Furthermore, Ten Hag reportedly sees a place for Greenwood in his side and his opinion will carry weight when the final call is made.

However, that decision will ultimately rest with chief executive Richard Arnold and co-owner Joel Glazer.

As such, every possible outcome remains on the table, ranging from contract termination to full reintegration and loan exit to permanent sale.

However, the report notes ‘there is an impression’ United intend to keep Greenwood around. As such, the two likeliest outcomes are reintegration or a loan exit.

Serie A heavyweight linked with Mason Greenwood

The Athletic added interest from Italy has emerged regarding the possibility of a loan. The Daily Mail previously reported clubs in Italy, Spain and Turkey could be viable destinations. Regarding Serie A specifically, the Sun claimed Jose Mourinho’s Roma are in the mix.

A temporary spell away would also give United a chance to gauge public opinion on Greenwood returning to professional football.

Alternatively, Ten Hag could be allowed to bring Greenwood back into the mix in Manchester and that is something that could avert the need to sign a new centre-forward in the market.

The report stresses United cannot allow the fact they must spend big on a new striker to influence their decision on Greenwood, though it will be in the back of their minds.

Greenwood return could cause split on two fronts

In the event Greenwood were reintegrated into the first team, the Athletic note there is a ‘widespread belief there is a split in opinion on what to do between the football side of operations at United and the commercial department’.

Greenwood is an immensely talented footballer and it stands to reason the footballing side of the operation would love to have him available for selection.

However, the money men will harbour concerns over the repercussions of bringing Greenwood back. Indeed, Nike previously dropped Greenwood from their branding and club sponsors are understood to have voiced concerns to United staff.

Elsewhere, members of Man Utd’s women’s team ‘are known to have an issue with a proposed return for Greenwood’.

Ultimately, the decision will be made by Richard Arnold and Joel Glazer amid input from Ten Hag.

If United’s investigation decrees there’s no reason Greenwood should remain sidelined moving forwards, a loan exit or reintegration into Ten Hag’s squad are the likeliest outcomes.

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