A MAN Utd chief has broken her silence over Mason Greenwood as the club plots his return to football.
The striker, 21, is waiting to discover his fate with the Premier League club after charges against him were dropped….CONTINUE READING
Greenwood hasn’t touched a ball for the team since he was arrested for attempted rape, assault and coercive control last January.
The club has remained tight-lipped over whether the star striker will return after they carried out their own probe.
Collette Roche, Manchester United’s chief operating officer, has now touched on Greenwood’s future.
She told The Athletic: “We’ve done a really detailed and thorough internal investigation and we’ve asked as many people as we can around what happened and try to understand it beyond the original investigation done by the police.
“You’d expect us to engage with people who were relevant in terms of stakeholder groups. And now we just need to make the decision. That decision is firmly a decision that’s on us.”
Greenwood has remained “in limbo” about his future at Utd after chiefs launched their own five-month probe into the claims.
No decision has been revealed on whether or not the striker will return – even though the new season has already started.
Manager Erik ten Hag and the majority of the first team have suggested they were open to the idea of bringing the Greenwood back.
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United’s women’s team were understood to have reservations, while sponsors were left concerned about being linked to the footballer.
There was also a protest at Old Trafford ahead of their first game of the season on Monday that was led by female fans.
Rick McGagh, head of fan engagement at the club, re-iterated the decision remains firmly with the club after women’s players were targeted following claims they would contribute to the end result.
He said: “It’s not accurate to say we’ve had full consultation with the fan advisory board on what decision we’re making.
“This is not a consultation.”
Last week, Greenwood was seen training in a park with a personal footballing coach.
He was joined by his dad and manager Andrew, who instructed the striker as he ran through shooting drills.
Andrew was seen holding his baby granddaughter, who Greenwood’s partner Harriet Robson gave birth to last month.
Greenwood joined Utd aged just six and rose through the ranks to land himself a regular spot on the first team.
In 2019, he became the youngest footballer to play for United in the Champions League when he took to the pitch aged 17.
Greenwood has made 129 appearances in total for the Red Devils and netted 35 goals….CONTINUE READING