Mason Greenwood to Leave Manchester United After Internal Inquiry

Manchester United has officially announced that Mason Greenwood, the 21-year-old striker, will be leaving the club following a six-month internal investigation into his conduct. The decision for his departure was reportedly mutually agreed upon by both the club and Greenwood himself. This comes after a significant public and internal backlash against the prospect of his reintegration into the first-team squad.

The investigation stemmed from serious allegations made against Greenwood in October 2022, including attempted rape, controlling and coercive behavior, and assault, which were subsequently dropped in February when key witnesses withdrew their cooperation. Greenwood consistently denied all charges.

Manchester United’s internal investigation concluded that Greenwood did not commit the alleged offenses but determined it is best for all parties if he moves on from Old Trafford and pursues his career elsewhere. His contract runs for another two years so Greenwood and United will now collaborate to find him a new team to play for.

Manchester United issued the following statement in regards to their stance regarding Mason: “Based on all available evidence, we have determined that the material posted online did not provide a full picture and that Mason did not commit the offenses for which he was originally charged. That being said, as Mason has publicly admitted today – mistakes have been made, which he acknowledges publicly today – therefore taking responsibility.”

Greenwood, who has not played for United since January 2022, stated, “I fully accept I made mistakes in my relationship, and I take my share of responsibility for the situations which led to the social media post. Today’s decision has been part of a collaborative process between Manchester United, my family, and me.”

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United’s staff were seemingly divided as to whether Greenwood should continue working for them; ultimately they agreed it would be best for both parties involved for them to part ways.

Greenwood’s departure marks an end to his time at Manchester United, in which he scored 35 goals over 129 appearances and made one appearance for England national team.

Manchester United’s decision is seen as an important move toward addressing internal and public concerns related to a player’s off-field behavior and reputation.

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