Greenwood set for Man Utd return ‘within days’ as he ‘waits’ for final ‘green light’ from Prem giants

Man Utd forward Mason Greenwood during a match. Credit: Alamy
Man Utd forward Mason Greenwood during a match. Credit: Alamy

According to reports, Mason Greenwood is ‘expected’ to return to Manchester United ‘as early as next week’ with a ‘final decision’ due in 48 hours.

At the start of this year, charges against Greenwood relating to attempted rape and assault were discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

They made this decision after they ruled that “the withdrawal of key witnesses and new material that came to light meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction”.

Greenwood has been suspended by the Premier League giants since January 2022 and he was recently included in their 2023/24 retained list as he is still contracted to the club until 2025.

Man Utd have since started their own internal investigation into the matter. Over recent months, conflicting reports have emerged in relation to Greenwood’s future.

He has been linked with loan moves to Atalanta and Juventus but it has now been revealed by The Athletic’s Adam Crafton that ‘United’s chief executive, Richard Arnold, told the club’s executive leadership in the first week of August that they were planning to bring back Greenwood’.

The Sun have since added that ‘Man Utd are to reveal within days that Greenwood will be welcomed back into the fold’ and he could be ‘reinstated as early as next week’. The report adds.

‘After 18 months on the sideline, club bosses are now ready to hand him a second chance at Old Trafford.

A final decision will be made over the next 48 hours by United’s chief executive Richard Arnold. But the announcement will be delayed until after the Lionesses World Cup final against Spain on Sunday.’

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A source for The Sun added: “This has been a long and difficult process for everyone involved, but it’s nearing the end.

“The internal investigation is over and Mason is likely to be reinstated at Old Trafford,” they said.

“He’s made no secret of his desire to to get back to doing what he does best. He’s already got the backing of the players and manager Erik ten Hag. He’s just waiting for the green light.

“The club will communicate its decision as early as Tuesday after the women’s World Cup final.”

The Athletic’s Crafton meanwhile has added via Twitter that “significant pressure is mounting on leaders” at United due to this situation.

“The Athletic told of multiple employees within MUFC who are “deeply troubled & feel a sense of shame” by the plan laid out for Greenwood & they say they feel the club has not fostered an environment where major decisions by senior personnel can be freely challenged.”

He later added: “No indication whatsoever today that employee discomfort is abating. Significant pressure is mounting on leaders at #MUFC and fascinating to see if they maintain the plan communicated by Arnold to exec leadership a fortnight ago.”

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