Mason Greenwood protests planned with Man Utd striker potentially set for counselling and interview

Mason Greenwood Manchester United

Mason Greenwood's future at Man Utd remains uncertain

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 11/08/2023

- 09:15

Updated: 11/08/2023

- 09:27

The 21-year-old hasn't played for the club since a 1-0 win over West Ham back in January 2022

A group of Manchester United fans are planning a series of protests regarding Mason Greenwood, according to reports.

According to The Athletic, match-goers intend to make their feelings on the England international known prior to the club's Premier League opener with Wolves on Monday.

Greenwood was arrested in January 2022 but, in February this year, charges of attempted rape and assault were dropped.

It means the England international is free to resume his career in football and United are poised to make a final decision on the striker in the coming days.

Mason Greenwood Man Utd

Mason Greenwood has scored 35 goals for Man Utd in his career so far


One fan said: "It’s time for the club to stand up and make the right decision.

“It’s time to say, ‘We have high standards at United about how we expect players to conduct themselves and, if you do not meet those standards, you need to be moved out.’

“This is a tipping point for the club.

"Are they going to side with commercialism and trophies and money?

"Or are they going to take the side of match-going fans and the club being a social and community institution that we can be proud of, and proud to have as part of our identity?”

The United fans planning to protest intend to unfurl a banner on the matter.

Another person said: “One thing I’ve been really proud about is how united the match-going fanbase has been on this issue.

“There is potentially a bit of a divide with the online fanbase, who have been more supportive of Greenwood.

"But there seems to be genuine unity among the match-going fans. The nature of the audio means people have been really unified in being outraged and disgusted by it.”

She continued: “As female fans, we have always been slightly marginalised.

"Sometimes your voice is ignored and you don’t get taken as seriously as others.

"On an issue like this, it feels like an attack on all of us.

"We have to be hopeful the club do the right thing because, if Greenwood did come back, it would be serious enough to make many fans re-evaluate their relationship with the club.”

The report says that, if Greenwood stays, United have a 'phased process' plan.

They would encourage the striker to receive counselling, while he may also be exposed to a television interview when he's challenged on the events that have led to his absence from the side.

Other reports have suggested Erik ten Hag would be open to having Greenwood back.

But this is something the Dutchman is yet to confirm publicly, with the 53-year-old being vague whenever quizzed on the matter.

Greenwood has been snapped training with a private coach in recent weeks.

United are receiving data on his sessions and monitoring the 21-year-old from afar.

Former Red Devils striker Wayne Rooney recently said Greenwood leaving would benefit everybody and that the forward needs to get back to playing.


Mason Greenwood Man Utd

Mason Greenwood hasn't played for Man Utd since January 2022


“It leaves Mason Greenwood in a position where he is stuck," he said.

"So for Mason, it’s a bad position to be in because I’m sure he just wants to play football.

"But for the club, its image and ensuring they make the right decisions, it’s almost a catch 22.

"I think the best thing for Mason now is to get out of the club and go and develop somewhere else.

"He needs to get back playing because it has been a long time."

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