Mason Greenwood will leave Manchester United, after the club concluded its six month internal investigation over the striker, a club statement read.
An excerpt from the club’s website said:
"“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.”"
Greenwood was the subject of an investigation after he was arrested in January 2022 following content surfacing alleged rape and sexual assault. He was later officially charged with controlling and coercive behaviour, attempted rape and assault occasioning bodily harm in October 2022. Those charges were later dropped in February of this year after it was said that key witnesses had dropped out and an investigation was no longer viable.
A report conducted by The Athletic last week suggested that United were ready to bring Greenwood back into the fold this season, and made clear steps in preparing to publicise this and even inform staff members of his return. This caused an uproar which has ultimately led to the Red Devils doing a full U-turn on their decision in light of the public pressure.
It is highly disappointing that it took a public backlash in order for United to do this – not in the name of sexual assault victims or in the best interest of morals by a publicly traded football club. It is a huge relief to all concerned that the Greenwood saga is now officially over. He is now expected to be loaned out or permanently sold as his contract does not expire until 2025 at Old Trafford.