Mason Greenwood’s future at Manchester United seems precarious as of now. But he is keen on his return to the theatre of dreams.
Although a video on various social media platforms shows the training might have gotten the better of him and he is not looking anything close to nimble. That could just be an edited excerpt from a long training session but it is not making his comeback look good in the eyes of his supporters.
Greenwood hasn’t played competitive football for nearly 2 years ever since he was accused of rape and was charged of sexual assault.
The charges were dropped last year in February only but the signs have since been ominous for Greenwood while Manchester United are just about done with their own internal investigation on the matter. Such grave charges at the age of 21 are bound to have dire implications on the career span of the athlete.
He remains unavailable for selection and is yet to return to first-team training at Carrington, although he has recently been pictured taking part in sessions with a private coach in his own time.
In the video that is now generating a lot of speculation about Greenwood, he was seen shooting at the goal multiple times but barely any shot seemed to have bemused the goalkeeper.
His other training antics and shooting drill did not look very zestful as well and overall he looked to be slightly tepid. Most of his shots on the goal were either too easy for the goalkeeper to save or they missed the target completely.
United’s manager Erik Ten Hag, when asked about the whole Greenwood situation, gave a diplomatic response. He said that while he has his own personal views about the whole situation, he will accept whatever verdict the investigation of the club comes to.
It was heard that Manchester United sponsor Adidas gave a thumbs up to Greenwood’s return but that claim has been refuted by Adidas when asked for a comment.
While a return to the club seems less than likely for him, the club tried to find some viable loan deals for him but unfortunately for him none of those offers came to fruition. Italian clubs Juventus and Atalanta BC were reportedly interested in the loan deals for him but we could not get any further updates regarding the whole ordeal.
Greenwood is still under contract at the club for another two seasons and a loan exit for the 2023-24 campaign is currently thought to be a more likely scenario than a termination but all this could go to haywire if the investigation verdict is unfavourable for him.
Although the training video paints not a good picture for Greenwood, he has kept himself fit for the past few months and has been spotted training many other times. His record for United is impressive with 35 goals and 12 assists in 129 appearances for the club.
United will play their first Premiere League game of the season on 14th August against the Wolves and the possibility of Greenwood featuring in that opening game is bleak to say the least.