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Man Utd will re-access Greenwood case – Jim Ratcliffe

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Manchester new shareholder, Sir Jim Ratcliffe has revealed that Manchester United will reassess Mason Greenwood’s future with the club.

Greenwood, aged 22, became available for transfer after United announced on August 21 that they were abandoning plans to reintegrate him into the first-team squad.

Since February of the previous year, Greenwood had been under internal investigation by the club following the discontinuation of a case by the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) concerning attempted rape, assault, and coercive control allegations. Greenwood denied all accusations.

On the final day of the summer transfer window, Greenwood joined La Liga’s Getafe on loan and has since made 24 appearances in various competitions, scoring seven goals.

Regarding the fresh decision on Greenwood’s status, Ratcliffe stated, “Yes, absolutely. We will make a decision and we will justify it.”

Initially, United’s plan was to reintegrate Greenwood, but due to criticism and internal resistance, they announced his departure from Old Trafford.

While the expectation was that Greenwood would not return to his boyhood club, Ratcliffe’s recent investment has shifted sporting control.

Ratcliffe emphasized, “He’s a Manchester United footballer so we are in charge of football,” Ratcliffe said. “So the answer is yes, we have to make decisions. It’s quite clear we have to make a decision. There is no decision that’s been made.

“He’s on loan obviously but he’s not the only one. We’ve got one or two footballers that we have to deal with and we have to make a decision on so we will do that.

“The process will be: understand the facts not the hype and then try and come to fair decision on the basis of values which is basically is he a good guy or not, and answer could he play sincerely for Manchester United well and would we be comfortable with it and would the fans be comfortable with it.”

Greenwood’s current contract with United extends until 2025, with an option for an additional year. However, reports suggest that United intended for him to complete his rehabilitation on loan before pursuing a permanent transfer.

Getafe, in their loan agreement with Greenwood, did not pay a loan fee but secured a 20 per cent sell-on clause for future transfers.

Angel Corres, the president of Getafe, has expressed openness to the idea of Greenwood’s move becoming permanent.

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