Greenwood 'reluctant' to play for Manchester United again

The English international left the Manchester club in the summer 2023

By Web Desk
February 28, 2024
Mason Greenwood has been playing for the Spanish club Getafe now. — Reuters

On-loan Manchester United star Mason Greenwood is reluctant to play for the club again despite co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe addressing the possibility of the left-footed forward donning the Red shirt again, reported The Athletic on Wednesday.

In August, the striker embarked on a loan spell with Getafe following United's decision that it would be beneficial for Greenwood to resume his career away from Old Trafford.

"Based on the evidence available to us, we have concluded that the material posted online did not provide a full picture and that Mason did not commit the offences in respect of which he was originally charged. That said, as Mason publicly acknowledges today, he has made mistakes which he is taking responsibility for," a club statement had said.

This resolution came after an interim investigation, during which the club confirmed the English international's innocence regarding the initial charges against him.

Greenwood has made significant strides in rebuilding his career in Spain, impressing during his debut season with Getafe in Madrid.

Getafe is eager to retain his services, but Greenwood has also garnered interest from Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, both of whom would be interested in securing his signature if United indicates a willingness to sell.

Ratcliffe mentioned last week that a fresh determination regarding Greenwood's future would be made, contingent upon the club's assessment of his character.

Despite Greenwood's initial desire to stay at Manchester United in 2023, recent reports suggest he is inclined to remain in Spain, as per The Athletic. The striker reportedly believes that the club could have provided him with more support throughout the investigation.

Moreover, Greenwood recognises the potential disruption to his family's settled life in Spain if they were to return to the UK and wishes to maintain the progress they've achieved this season.

With 18 months remaining on his current deal, United retain the option to extend it by an additional 12 months.

Earlier, Getafe’s president Angel Torres named FC Barcelona an “ideal” fit for the left-footed forward. 

“He is very comfortable and crazy about staying another year,” Torres said to the Spanish radio station COPE. “It’s a matter that they [United] have to decide. There is new ownership. They have to decide.

“In Spain, he has a market. Barca’s way of playing would suit him well but it depends on Manchester United. If it’s true, he’ll tell me.”