Erik ten Hag is reportedly happy to bring Mason Greenwood back into his Manchester United squad for the 2023/24 campaign.
Charges including attempted rape and assault against the 21-year-old were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in February.
The decision to drop the case was made following “the withdrawal of key witnesses” and the “new material that came to light meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction”.
The Red Devils then began their own internal investigation, which is nearing its completion, with Greenwood’s future at Old Trafford very uncertain.
As the conclusion to the Premier League club’s investigation edges closer, it has now been claimed by The Sun that Red Devils boss Ten Hag is ‘willing to bring Greenwood back’.
The report states that Ten Hag is ‘happy’ to see Greenwood return to his squad, though a final decision will be made by the Glazer family.
Obviously, this would be a very controversial decision after the Red Devils’ women players called for Greenwood to leave earlier this year.
However, ‘most of his teammates’ would ‘welcome him back’ if the Glazers agree with Ten Hag’s stance.
From a commercial a sponsorship standpoint, there are some concerns if Greenwood does play for United again.
A Sun source told the newspaper the following:
“Mason was delighted to hear that the manager and most of his team-mates would welcome him back.
“He firmly believes he is an innocent man and is very frustrated he’s not been able to play.
“He understands that the club have had to carry out an investigation, but he feels like his career is slipping by.
“He and his team have made clear to United that they now want to know what is happening.
“They have basically said, ‘sack him or back him’.
“If they want to reintegrate him, then do so. If they want to sell him, then tell him.
“And if they want to loan him out, then tell them so his team can find the best club for him.”
Greenwood, who has one cap for England, has not played for United since January 2022, which was the same month as his arrest and his club suspension.
And former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan thinks a temporary exit would be the best solution for all parties.
“It’s a way of giving the player an opportunity to play football and to take him out of the inevitable spotlight,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
“The tragedy for this boy is that it has all played out in the public domain before he was given the opportunity to have any sort of anonymity, i.e before you are in a position to be charged with something and then when you are charged then anonymity falls away.”
Jordan continued: “Whether we like it or not, or whether people have presumed his guilt or innocence in equal measure, he has the right to go on with the rest of his life, he has the right to find some sort of redemption in whatever opportunities exist for him.
“The question is what is the best way for him and the best way for Man United. It’s a really difficult situation for Man United because we are constantly confronted and have to consume the staple diet of people telling us what the optics are rather than the reality.”
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