Mason Greenwood sent message by Man Utd as Sir Jim Ratcliffe decides on future

If Mason Greenwood, a forward on loan from Manchester United, had watched Wednesday night’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle United at Old Trafford, the team would have made a strong statement to him. Before an anticipated summer sale, Erik ten Hag’s brilliant starlets demonstrated that the team had progressed past Greenwood’s rise to prominence.

After spending 18 months away from sport, the 22-year-old has made an impression while on loan at Getafe this season, tallying 10 goals and six assists.

2019 saw Greenwood break out from United’s academy and become one of the most exciting young attackers in Europe very soon.

However, in January 2022, he was taken into custody and charged with attempted rape, actual bodily harm assault, and controlling and coercive behavior. He refuted all of the allegations.

Because there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction” as a result of “the withdrawal of key witnesses and new material,” the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service withdrew all charges in February of last year.

Greenwood left for Spain after the club’s former management undertook a six-month internal inquiry into his future return to United. The investigation was apparently prompted by criticism of the initial plans for Greenwood’s reintegration.

After becoming a co-owner earlier this year, Sir Jim Ratcliffe has since acquired leadership of football operations, creating a new sporting organization headed by INEOS.

That has led to rumors that Ratcliffe would give Greenwood another try at Old Trafford, along with his play at Getafe.

The 71-year-old is adamant that he would not follow the decisions of previous heads John Murtough and Richard Arnold, but rather will make his own.

On the right flank and up front, though, United’s intriguing young talent box is already checked out thanks to the game-winning performances of Amad Diallo and Rasmus Hojlund against Newcastle.

Having established himself on the right side this season, Alejandro Garnacho is also included in the photo. In order to balance their high-potential prodigies, the Red Devils now require proven talent.

In order to get that kind of player—say, by signing Michael Olise for £60 million this summer—United will probably need to raise money through player sales.

Given the apparent interest from Spain, Italy, and England, it is widely anticipated that Greenwood will be in the store window. Casemiro and Jadon Sancho are two of the well-known individuals who accompany him.

All season long, United’s assault has fallen flat, and before the 2024–2025 season, reinforcements are needed.

However, if Amad, Hojlund, and Garnacho’s trajectories keep rising, it wouldn’t feel worth it to approve Greenwood’s return and let the noise that accompanies it in.

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