Friday, September 29, 2023

Manchester United open up on ‘detailed and thorough’ Mason Greenwood investigation

Manchester United chief Collette Roche has insisted that the club have carried out a ‘detailed and thorough internal investigation’ on Mason Greenwood.

The 21-year-old hasn’t played for the Red Devils since his arrest in January 2022 after being charged with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and assault.

United forward Greenwood is currently suspended following his arrest in January 2022Getty

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The Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against the player in February, while United conducted their own process.

talkSPORT revealed last week that United will not announce whether the suspended forward will return until after they have consulted all of their women’s stars.

And it was then claimed that a decision is not expected to take place until after the international break in September.

Roche – United’s chief operating officer – has now discussed the academy graduate’s future at Old Trafford in an interview with The Athletic.

While the women’s team will be consulted, it has been stated that the final decision ultimately lies with chief executive Richard Arnold.

Commenting on Greenwood, Roche said: “We’ve done a really detailed and thorough internal investigation.

“And we’ve asked as many people as we can around what happened and try to understand it beyond the original investigation done by the police.

“You’d expect us to engage with people who were relevant in terms of stakeholder groups.

A decision on Greenwood’s return is now expected until next monthAFP

“And now we just need to make the decision. That decision is firmly a decision that’s on us.”

United’s head of fan engagement Rick McGagh added: “It’s not accurate to say we’ve had full consultation with the fan advisory board on what decision we’re making.

“This is not a consultation.”

Fans let their opinion be known on Greenwood prior to the club’s 1-0 win against Wolves at the Theatre of Dreams on Monday night.

Supporters held up a banner outside the stadium, which read: “Female Fans Demand No Greenwood Return – End Violence Against Women.”

Greenwood, who has been named on the club’s retained list for the 2023/24 season, still has two years left on his contract.

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