Reintegrating the striker back into the squad might have made sense from a sporting point of view, but would have been hard for many fans to forgive
It was the hardest decision Manchester United have had to make for a long time and they sure took their time making it. After much deliberation, they have finally made their call: Mason Greenwood is leaving the club.
It has been the elephant in the room ever since the striker was arrested in January 2022 in relation to images and audio released in a social media post. The post sent shivers down the spine of anyone who saw it.
“To everyone who wants to know what Mason Greenwood actually does to me,” read the post, accompanied by highly-distressing audio. There were also images of a woman, showing blood running from her lips down her neck and further images of bruising on her body.
Greenwood was arrested that evening and immediately suspended by United, albeit on full pay, barred from playing for the club or training until more information became available. It was the biggest story of that day and many people saw the images and listened to the audio.
In the eyes of many, both Manchester United fans, supporters of other teams and people with no interest in football, that should have been the end of Greenwood’s career with the club, there and then. Regardless of the legal ramifications, there was no way back for a player who had allegedly shown such disregard for the consent of the woman and allegedly assaulted her.