Manchester United have delayed their decision on whether to reinstate Mason Greenwood to the first-team squad as they want to consult with their players who are still participating in the Women's World Cup. The club is nearing the end of a six-month internal investigation into the 21-year-old striker, who was arrested and charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm in January 2022. The charges were dropped in February 2023, but Greenwood has not played for United since his arrest.
The club had hoped to announce their verdict on Greenwood's future before the start of the new Premier League season on Monday when they face Wolves at Old Trafford. However, they have decided to extend the consultation process to include their women's team players, who are representing England and France at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The club believes that their views are important and relevant, as they are part of the United family and have a stake in the club's reputation and values.
Mary Earps, Ella Toone, and Katie Zelem are the three England players who are still competing in the World Cup, and this has a significant impact on the amount of time needed. England play their quarter-final on Saturday, and if they win, they will stay until the weekend of August 19-20. United will wait until their return before making a final decision on Greenwood. United are also consulting stakeholders, including major sponsors, the football department, and supporters, whose views will be gathered via the fans’ advisory board.
Greenwood, who has scored 35 goals in 129 appearances for United, has denied all the allegations against him and has maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal. He has a contract with United until 2025, with an option to extend for another year. The 21-year-old has been training with the club's under-23s during his suspension but has not featured in any competitive matches.