After a prolonged period of suspension since January 2022, Manchester United has finally concluded its internal investigation into the future of talented striker Mason Greenwood.
The suspense has been building for six long months, but the wait is almost over as Manchester United prepares to unveil the outcome of their internal inquiry within the next two weeks. Notably, Adidas, the club’s significant sponsor, has reportedly supported Greenwood’s return, citing “positive” discussions within the club.
“I don’t care what Adidas thinks, in five years time it could say Nike on the shirt!” 🤷♂️@markgoldbridge on a major sponsor approving of Mason Greenwood’s return, and why the fans matter in this situation. #mufc pic.twitter.com/XQBUDJqY60
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) July 29, 2023
In 2023, Mason Greenwood faced significant repercussions on his sponsors, leading to the termination of a lucrative multi-million deal with Nike. Additionally, his virtual presence took a hit when EA Sports made the decision to remove him from their current game in the FIFA series.
The repercussions extended beyond sponsorships, as Manchester United took internal measures during this period. To mitigate the impact, the club took a notable step by removing all merchandise associated with Greenwood from their website and mega Store.
Greenwood’s current contract, set to expire in 2025 with the option of an additional year, adds complexity to the impending decision.
His last appearance for the club dates back to January 22, 2022, against West Ham United, but Greater Manchester Police announced on February 2 that criminal proceedings against him were no longer pursued, easing some legal concerns.
Mason Greenwood wants to stay at Manchester United
Greenwood has expressed his desire to remain at Manchester United, as reports revealed “positive” talks with club chiefs.
Despite the absence from United’s Carrington training complex following the charges being dropped almost five months ago, recent photographs captured him in private training sessions. Working diligently towards his fitness goals, Greenwood has been undergoing intensive one-on-one training sessions, aiming to be ready for the challenges of the new season.
However, uncertainties loom as the decision-making process unfolds, with a possible loan move being considered in certain scenarios. The impending verdict poses a polarizing dilemma for both Manchester United and its devoted fan base. Thousands of supporters passionately call for the club to sever ties with the striker due to the gravity of previous allegations.
🚨 Mason Greenwood and Anthony Elanga pictured training together in Dubai. pic.twitter.com/gPzjf9Vszs
— UF (@UtdFaithfuls) July 11, 2023
The release of Greenwood would entail complexities, requiring the payment of his remaining contract term of two years and the potential risk of seeing him donning the jersey of a rival club in the Premier League.
Amidst the controversy, a source told The Sun, “He’s being encouraged to speak publicly and to have his voice heard. But, privately, he has told those close to him that he has learned a huge amount. He became a father for the first time earlier this month and realizes he has to grow up.”
While Erik ten Hag has expressed his own ideas and opinions, he has made it clear that its ultimate decision rests in the hands of the club. The impending announcement leaves fans worldwide anxiously awaiting the resolution of this gripping saga that has captured the attention of the soccer world.