Manchester United are considering a U-turn to reinstate Mason Greenwood to the first-team squad.
It is understood that CEO Richard Arnold had planned to confirm Greenwood’s return to staff, but news of his possible return leaked out and there was backlash from supporters.
Having failed to communicate its decision on Greenwood’s future before the start of the season, a deadline imposed by United figures, the emergence of the club’s plans to bring Greenwood back into the fold sparked outrage among several supporters.
The MEN understand that the reaction has led United to reassess their intention to restore Greenwood to the first team.
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United have declined to comment. The club is understood to be reluctant to address the matter on a day and ahead of the Women’s World Cup final between England and Spain tomorrow in Sydney.
Greater Manchester Police announced on February 2 that the charges against Greenwood, 21, had been dropped. Greenwood had been charged with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behavior, and assault. He always denied all the accusations.
Greenwood has not played for United since 22 January 2022 and has not returned to training with the club either.
United have been receiving data from Greenwood’s training sessions as he continues to train away from the club. The striker has not returned to United’s Carrington training complex since the charges were dropped.
Greenwood is under contract with United until 2025, with the option of an additional year, and last played for the club in a 1-0 win against West Ham on 22 January 2022.
Greenwood has played 129 times for United and has scored 35 goals. He made his England debut against Iceland in September 2020.
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