Manchester United squad ‘don’t want Mason Greenwood back in their changing room’

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The Manchester United squad don’t want Mason Greenwood reintegrated back into the changing room over fears it could derail their progress, according to reports.

The 21-year-old recently had attempted rape and assault charges dropped against him but still faces an internal club investigation into whether to reintegrate him into Erik ten Hag’s first-team squad or part ways.

Greenwood remains on United’s Premier League squad list, having been named among their Under-21 players at the beginning of the season, but there are emerging concerns.

According to The Sun, the Man United team – who have made significant progress under Erik ten Hag this season – are concerned that his return could derail their  momentum.

A source told the outlet: ‘The players are open to him returning to the team but the scrutiny could be massively distracting.

‘The dressing room is the happiest it has been for ages and no one wants to rock the boat.’

United have been in brilliant form under ten Hag’s guidance this year – despite off-field issues with Greenwood and Cristiano Ronaldo – and are third in the table.

The Red Devils have lost just one competitive fixture since the start of November and and have also progressed to the later stages of the Europa League.

Greenwood last played for United in January 2022 and has a contract with the club until 2025.

There was no sign of Greenwood’s name on the squad list United registered with UEFA for the knockout rounds of the Europa League, which was updated on Friday.

United manager Ten Hag refused to comment further on the Greenwood situation when he held his press conference ahead of Saturday’s home league fixture with Crystal Palace.

‘I can’t say anything about it,’ he said. ‘I refer to the statement of the club and at this moment I can’t add anything.’

That club statement, released three hours after the Crown Prosecution Service announced charges were being dropped, read: ‘Manchester United notes the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service that all charges against Mason Greenwood have been dropped.

‘The club will now conduct its own process before determining next steps. We will not make any further comment until that process is complete.’

There were also claims the United forward would reportedly be willing to resurrect his football career in China if Manchester United rip up his contract.

The player, who has been capped once for England, was first held in January 2022 over allegations relating to a young woman, after images and videos were posted online.

Charges were dropped against the 21-year-old following the ‘withdrawal of key witnesses’.

He broke his silence after the news as he said: ‘I am relieved that this matter is now over and I would like to thank my family, loved ones and friends for their support.

‘There will be no further comment at this time.’

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