Manchester United announced that Mason Greenwood will leave the club on Monday afternoon following an internal investigation.
The 21-year-old had been suspended from the Manchester United squad since January 2022, after photos and videos alleging domestic abuse surfaced on social media.
Much has been made of his future since regarding if he will ever play for Erik ten Hag. He was arrested twice on the charges since, and although a criminal case was being built against him, ultimately the Crown Prosecution Service dropped it.
After this, the club themselves opened their own internal investigation, with Greenwood continuing to be suspended during this process. News last week claimed that United were set to reintroduce the player into their squad, but after backlash from fans, this position has now changed.
Following conformation from the club that it would be ‘most appropriate’ for Greenwood to recommence his professional career away from Old Trafford, former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has spoken on the situation.
The now-Sky Sports pundit, who was asked about the verdict on Monday Night Football, believes that the club have come to the correct conclusion but suggests that there should have be an independent review of the situation, rather than one from the football club itself.
“Yes, they have made the right decision and finally got there. However, the process of getting there has been pretty horrible,” he said.
“Manchester United, when you have significant situations and difficult situations like this, you need strong and authoritative leadership, and Manchester United don’t have that. On an issue like domestic abuse and violence against women, it brings me to third point that there needs to be an independent review, it should not be that Manchester United are the judge and jury on a significant situation, not only for themselves, but also for the game.
“People talk about the representation of Manchester United, but it’s the Premier League as well. My view is on issues of this importance and severity, they should be dealt with independently because it’s clear that Manchester United have not had the skill and ability to deal with this situation – it’s been well above their experience and ability.”
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