Mason Greenwood has been pushed by many to give Manchester United another chance the following season after he finishes his year-long loan at Getafe. Despite the club’s abrupt turnaround in the summer, former Red Devils winger Ian Storey-Moore has backed Greenwood to return to Old Trafford for a second stint.
The 22-year-old forward was accused of attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behavior, all of which he has repeatedly denied. In February, the Crown Prosecution Service withdrew these allegations against him.
After a six-month internal investigation regarding his arrest in 2022, Richard Arnold, the chief executive of United, reportedly told employees that Greenwood will be reintegrated. This was published by The Athletic.
Manager Erik ten Hag and football director John Murtough allegedly agreed with the position. Yet it’s said that a last-minute U-turn was brought about by staff members threatening to go on strike and outside criticism.
As a result, Greenwood will still have one year remaining on his United deal when he signs a loan with La Liga team Getafe until next summer.
The former United No 11 is enjoying life in Spain and is gradually rediscovering the scoring touch that made him one of Europe’s most exciting young attackers after his 2019 senior breakthrough.
United’s stance reportedly remains the same. They don’t expect Greenwood to represent the club again at the end of his loan at Getafe and beyond.
However, Storey-Moore believes he should remain at Old Trafford next season to add much-needed firepower to Ten Hag’s misfiring attacking regiment.
“Everybody deserves a second chance. He has served his time, so to speak, and they should possibly let him back in next season,” Storey-Moore told Express Sport.
“He’s an asset, isn’t he? I think he’s better than what they’ve got when he’s at his best, absolutely.
Marcus Rashford’s strike in a 3-1 defeat at Arsenal in September remains the only Premier League goal scored by a United forward this season.
Ten Hag’s side have scored just 13 goals in 12 league outings this term, a measly tally only six teams have failed to match.
Rashford is out of sorts, Antony continues to underwhelm and Jadon Sancho remains banished after effectively calling Ten Hag a liar on social media earlier in the season.
Greenwood would no doubt boost the Dutchman’s attacking options. But United’s incoming INEOS regime would face the same internal and external resistance if they attempted to sanction his return next year.