In a notable development, Manchester United’s executive has provided an update on the Mason Greenwood situation, shedding light on the club’s thorough approach.
Collette Roche, the club’s Chief Operating Officer, emphasized the extensive efforts undertaken in response. Roche stated while talking to ‘The Athletic‘, “We’ve done a really detailed and thorough internal investigation and we’ve asked as many people as we can about what happened and try to understand it beyond the original investigation done by the police”.
These remarks from higher management underscore the club’s seriousness in addressing the matter. Manchester United has not only undertaken an internal investigation but has gone beyond the scope of the initial police inquiry to arrive at a comprehensive conclusion regarding Greenwood’s future at the club.
#mufc Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche on Mason Greenwood: “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.”… pic.twitter.com/vtvi8sED1R
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Previous reports from last month had alluded to an internal inquiry conducted by Manchester United. The outcome of this investigation holds paramount significance in shaping the course of action concerning the English forward. However, a notable delay in reaching a verdict has come to the fore.
The delay has been attributed to the club’s decision to share the outcomes of their internal examination with key stakeholders. This newfound transparency has triggered an extension in the timeline. Emphasizing inclusivity, Manchester United has sought input from United’s women’s team and the fan advisory board.
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In light of this adjusted timeline, the final decision regarding Mason Greenwood’s future may only be disclosed during the international break in September. This development has sparked speculation among fans, with some interpreting the extension as a sign of Greenwood’s potential return to the squad.
Mason Greenwood has been absent from match-day lineups and collective training sessions since his apprehension in January 2022.
How did Manchester United fans react to Mason Greenwood’s Return?
Rick McGagh, heading the club’s fan engagement, has provided a perspective on the ongoing internal investigation.
McGagh’s remarks challenge the perception of full engagement with the fan advisory board. He clarified, “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”.
#mufc Head of Fan Engagement Rick McGagh on Mason Greenwood: “You’d expect us to engage with people who were relevant in terms of stakeholder groups. And now we just need to make the decision. That decision is firmly a decision that’s on us — It’s not accurate to say we’ve had… pic.twitter.com/ftewQS2ea7
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On a different front, Mason Greenwood’s training regimen has seen him working individually outside Carrington with the club’s authorization. Notably, statistics from his recent training session were documented for club reference.
Concurrently, a collective identified as Female Fans Against Greenwood’s Return (FFAGR) has made its presence felt, protesting the potential comeback of the English forward.
🚨 Full statement protesting the potential re-inclusion of Mason Greenwood at Manchester United.
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At the heart of their appeal is a fervent call for the club to maintain a zero-tolerance stance against violence aimed at women. Their demand is explicit: the inclusion of Mason Greenwood in the team should be eschewed.
The implication is clear: Manchester United’s commitment to a just decision regarding Greenwood’s reentry hinges on acknowledging the voices of these concerned fans. Their perspectives must be integrated before any definitive course of action is determined.
In an earlier development, the case against the Manchester United forward was dropped in February 2023 by the Crown Prosecution Service. The decision was prompted by the absence of key witnesses stepping forward.