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Ten Hag wants Mason Greenwood back in Man Utd squad despite fears of backlash



MANCHESTER United boss Erik ten Hag is willing to bring Mason Greenwood back into his squad.

He has made it clear he is happy for the suspended striker, 21, to play again after charges of attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour were dropped earlier this year.

The suspended striker, 21, had charges of attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour dropped this year, pictured Mason out with his girlfriend

However a final decision is expected to be made by United’s owners, the Glazer family, within the next week after the conclusion of a club probe.

A reinstatement would trigger a wave of controversy, with United’s women players calling for Greenwood to go earlier this year.

The Sun understands most of his team-mates at Old Trafford would welcome him back into the dressing room if the club agrees.


But Old Trafford executives who deal with sponsors and commercial deals remain concerned about the effect on the club if he plays for them again.

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United bosses began an investigation into the circumstances which led to his arrest in January 2022 after a woman made a series of allegations against him.

Greenwood, who is expecting a child with his partner, has spent 18 weeks waiting for a decision after key witnesses withdrew their evidence, leading to charges being dropped in February.

A source said: “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.”

Any return by Greenwood would spark major controversy.

Earlier this year it was revealed that the Manchester United women’s team did not want him back.

The feeling was said to be “strong” that he should be let go.

Only three months ago, Natalie Burrell, founder of United Women’s Supporters’ Club, said she never wants to see him play for them again.

She added: “United need to make a statement and letting him back would be the worst thing they could do.


“It would set back our club in terms of what we’re trying to do with our women’s team and campaigns like Her Game Too, which aim to encourage women to play and watch football.

“I don’t want to see him training, in a kit, or coming out at Old Trafford again. And I’m confident they won’t (let him).”

Manchester United have already had contact with three Italian teams — Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan — about a possible loan move.

It would see Greenwood retain his £75,000-a-week salary, with a possible option for the loan club to buy.

Greenwood, who has one full cap for England, last kicked a ball for United in January 2022.

He was arrested the same month after a woman made allegations of physical and sexual abuse on social media. United immediately suspended him on full pay.

He was charged in October last year and was due to stand trial in November this year.


Fans with shirts bearing his name were told they could exchange them for free and the club removed all Greenwood-related merchandise from its website and megastore.

Nike also ended its multi-million pound sponsorship deal with him while EA Sports removed the player from its FIFA 22 video game.

But the Crown Prosecution Service withdrew the case on February 2 after Greenwood’s alleged victim and a dozen more witnesses refused to co-operate.

Greenwood hoped the move would leave him clear to start playing for United again. But the club instead immediately launched its own investigation.

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Meanwhile, United are in the middle of a potential sale.

The owners want £6billion and are currently weighing up two bids, from British billionaire businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Qatari Sheikh Jassim.

Erik Ten Hag has made it clear he is happy for Greenwood to play again
But a final decision is expected to be made by United’s owners, the Glazer family, pictured above Joel Glazer with brothers Avram and Bryan in 2005

Timeline of twists and turns

JAN 30 2022: Greenwood arrested on suspicion of rape and GBH after a woman posts videos of bruises and cuts on social media. He is suspended by Man U “until further notice”.

JAN 31 2022: Striker is further arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.


FEB 1 2022: Man U issue a “strong condemnation of violence of any kind”, adding £75,000-a-week Greenwood still suspended.

FEB 2 2022: Ace freed on bail after three nights in custody.

FEB 6 2022: Nike terminates multi-million-pound deal with him as video games axe him.

OCT 15 2022: Greenwood is charged with attempted rape, coercive control and ABH.

NOV 27, 2022: We reveal cops probing claims star broke bail terms by buying designer clothing for alleged victim.

FEB 2 2023: All charges dropped after a dozen witnesses, including alleged victim, refuse to co-operate with CPS probe.

MAR 17 2023: Ace reveals he is to marry his pregnant university student partner.


APRIL 28 2023: We reveal ace has told pals he will “never play for Man United again” as internal probe continues.

Source: The Sun

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