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14th Aug 2023

Man United set to delay decision on Mason Greenwood return

Callum Boyle

Mason Greenwood

United had planned to make a decision before their opening game against Wolves

Manchester United are reportedly set to delay their decision on the future of Mason Greenwood.

United have been conducting their own personal investigation ever since the Crown Prosecution Service have dropped all charges against the 21-year-old following the “withdrawal of key witnesses”.

The club had initially planned to reveal the outcome of their investigation before their opening game of the season against Wolves tonight (Monday August, 14) however that now seems set to change.

According to The Athletic, there may now be no decision made until after the international break in September as the club want to explain their decision to key stakeholders affiliated to United.

Greenwood faced one count of attempted rape, one count of controlling and coercive behaviour and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He denied all of the alleged offences.

A group of female United fans, who have branded themselves ‘Female Fans Against Greenwood’s Return’ (FFAGR) have pledged to protest against Greenwood.

The group has demanded Manchester United take a “zero tolerance” approach with their decision on Greenwood’s return and say if he returns, it sends a message to the club’s female fans that they “don’t matter”. 

“It tells us that men who make the club money matter; not us, our fellow fans, mothers, sisters or daughters. The problem here isn’t a player who has ‘made a mistake’,” the statement read.

“It’s a player who has shown nothing but disregard and contempt for what it means to represent this great club. Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone does so while in the position of power and privilege Greenwood is. 

“If you want to play at the highest level at the biggest club in the world, your behaviour will be held up to the highest level of scrutiny, accountability and expectation.”

Additionally, Man United also plan to consult members of their women’s squad after the women’s World Cup. Mary Earps, Ella Toone and Katie Zelem are all preparing to feature against Australia in the semi finals on Wednesday.

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