Danny Mills believes that Manchester United will struggle to approve Mason Greenwood’s return next summer without suffering the same kind of criticism as they did a few months ago. Despite an impending leadership change, the former Premier League player has advised United to avoid attracting such a distraction.
Following the dismissal of charges against him in February for attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behaviour, Greenwood was allowed to continue his football career this season.
According to reports, Richard Arnold, the chief executive of United, told club employees that Greenwood would be joining Erik ten Hag’s squad again following a six-month probe.
But it appears that strong online criticism prompted a swift U-turn. While affirming that the 22-year-old striker would continue his career away from Old Trafford, Arnold stated he was confident the forward was innocent of the charges made against him.
On transfer deadline day, Greenwood signed a season-long loan with La Liga team Getafe and is returning to his love of scoring in Spain.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s £1.4 billion agreement to purchase 25% of United will give him exclusive control over the team’s sporting activities, putting John Murtough, the director of football, and Arnold at risk of being fired.
The upcoming adjustments have raised questions about whether Greenwood would be able to rejoin United under a different leadership.
Mills, though, questions if it would be prudent for the Red Devils to contemplate such a contentious move.
“I believe that the perception of that [Greenwood’s comeback] would be extremely challenging,” Mills stated to Grosvenor Sport and Express Sport.
“I believe it’s a very, very difficult decision to bring him back to this country, regardless of how much fun he’s having scoring goals.
“Because, regrettably, the media effectively governs the globe. And I believe that would have extremely disruptive optics.”
According to reports, Mills and United are in agreement. The Old Trafford giants are certain about Greenwood’s decision to never play for the team again, according to GiveMeSport.