Manchester United’s statement on Mason Greenwood gives Sir Jim Ratcliffe a way to bring the player back to Old Trafford.
Although the Crown Prosecution Service ultimately dropped his case, United started their own internal investigation into the matter and, after fan pressure, concluded that the player would not be put into Erik ten Hag‘s squad and would instead restart his career elsewhere.
“Based on the evidence available to us, we have concluded that the material posted online did not provide a full picture and that Mason did not commit the offences in respect of which he was originally charged,” a club statement read.
“That said, as Mason publicly acknowledges today, he has made mistakes which he is taking responsibility for.
“All those involved, including Mason, recognise the difficulties with him recommencing his career at Manchester United. It has therefore been mutually agreed that it would be most appropriate for him to do so away from Old Trafford, and we will now work with Mason to achieve that outcome.”
Although many believed that this statement read that Greenwood would never play for United again, the actual wording only ever states that his career would not “recommence” at Old Trafford – not that he would not be able to play at a future date.
With Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to take control of all United’s sporting matters, this gives the new minority shareholder the choice of whether Greenwood will rejoin the team at a future date or not.
This, of course, will be a decision entirely up to him; but it is also a decision that he is free to make on his own terms, although the chances are that he will receive the same pressure that Richard Arnold and the Glazer family did when rumours surfaced that they were planning on bringing Greenwood back.
Previous reports have explained that it is unlikely that Greenwood would ever be brought back into the side, but it cannot be ruled out considering the seismic changes that are due to happen at the club across the next six months.
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