Mason Greenwood’s retention by Manchester United is about to be announced, according to a video game that is one of the team’s official partners.
The Crown Prosecution Service dismissed charges against Greenwood, 21, for attempted rape, using coercive or controlling behavior, and assault causing actual bodily harm in February. Since then, United has been conducting an internal inquiry and talking to their football department, important stakeholders, and sponsors about the possibility of Greenwood’s comeback.
Despite the danger of fan demonstrations, a decision is anticipated to be made in the upcoming weeks, and according to the club’s official video game partner, eFootball, United executives may have already chosen to keep Greenwood. The well-known game, created by the Japanese animation studio Konami, revealed the Red Devils’ roster for their future release and featured the forward who is presently on suspension.
Since January of last year, Greenwood, who has been given a rating of 75, has not participated in United’s games or training sessions. The eFootball creators decided to delete the 21-year-old’s name, avatar, and virtual player from their 2022 database after his arrest.
However, some supporters believe that Greenwood’s return to the pitch is imminent as a result of his reinstatement for their 2023 team, even if he still has the option of being loaned out or sold before the transfer market shuts on September 1. Despite the striker not receiving his No. 11 jersey when the Red Devils published their tentative jersey numbers ahead of the new season, he has earned one England cap.
“Others will start the season in their current numbers, with the option of change once the transfer market closes when it will be obvious which other numbers in the squad are empty,” the club stated on its website.
Erik ten Hag, manager of the Red Devils, was asked to provide an update on Greenwood’s condition during United’s preseason tour of the United States but he remained customarily evasive. Ten Hag, who had earlier declined to completely rule out the idea of the academy graduate returning, who is presently working out alone and having his data tracked by United, said, “It’s a club decision.
I expressed my thoughts and feelings, but the club made the final decision. We must all acknowledge that. I’m not able to talk much about it, but I can say that I voiced my view on it, so let’s see what happens and what the outcome is.