Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood pictured for the first time in Cartier balaclava since threats to kill and rape arrest

Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood has been pictured in a balaclava for the first time since he was arrested on suspicion of rape, assault, sexual assault and making threats to kill.

The 20-year-old forward was spotted driving his car in Altrincham, Greater Manchester with friends on Thursday. He remains on bail pending further investigation having been arrested on suspicion of rape and assault on January 30 and further arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and making threats to kill two days later.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have confirmed that Greenwood’s bail will expire on April 30, at which point it could be extended. The England international was suspended by United following his arrest of him and has not played for the club since a Premier League fixture against West Ham on January 22.

The 20-year-old was arrested by police in January

It comes a day after United insisted he remains suspended despite fans being able to access his player profile on their official website. The Red Devils are contractually obliged to pay his £75,000-per-week salary even though he is unable to select “until further notice”.

Following his arrest, the United academy graduate was released from his contract with Nike without the sportswear giant paying him any compensation. EA Sports have also removed him from their popular FIFA video game.

An EA Sports spokesman said: “Mason Greenwood has been removed from active squads in FIFA 22 and has also been suspended from appearing in FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) packs and Ultimate Draft.”

Greenwood remains on bail pending further investigation

Meanwhile, Cadbury – one of United’s sponsors – have confirmed they will not use Greenwood as part of any marketing campaigns or products associated with the club, pending investigation. A statement read: “Cadbury does not condone violence in any form.

“Our Partnership is with the Club itself and not the individual players. However, while these allegations are being investigated, any marketing or products we create with Manchester United will not feature this player. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

Greenwood was further arrested after police officers were granted additional time to question him. Having already suspended their player, the Red Devils released a second statement reaffirming their “strong condemnation” of violence which read: “We will not make any further comment until the facts have been established. Manchester United does not condone violence of any kind.”

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have confirmed that Greenwood’s bail will expire on April 30

GMP have confirmed Greenwood’s accuser has been offered “specialist support”.

Greenwood’s competitive debut for United came in 2019 and he has made a total of 129 senior appearances, scoring 35 goals, having initially joined the club aged six. In February last year, I have signed a new long-term deal until the summer of 2025 which includes the option to extend for another season

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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