Mason Greenwood is still suspended by Man United despite fans spotting him being listed in the squad online as club insists his status ‘hasn’t changed’ following his arrest over rape, assault and threats to kill allegations
- Mason Greenwood remains unavailable for selection by Manchester United despite fans spotting him being listed in the club’s squad section online
- Greenwood, 20, was arrested on suspicion of rape and assault last month and has been released on bail
- United confirmed that Greenwood’s status ‘hasn’t changed’ and won’t play
- Greenwood has always been listed on United’s website since his arrest
Mason Greenwood remains unavailable for selection by Manchester United despite fans spotting his profile still being listed in the squad section on the club’s official website.
The 20-year-old was arrested by Greater Manchester Police on suspicion of rape and assault of an 18-year-old student. He was further arrested on suspicion of threats to kill.
The United and England forward was released on bail last month before being abruptly dumped by sponsors Nike without receiving a penny of compensation, sportsmail exclusively revealed in February.
Greenwood was also removed from video games such as FIFA 22 and Football Manager 2022, as well as United’s app.
However, fans spotted on Wednesday that Greenwood was still listed as a first-team player on the squad section on the club’s official website, prompting questions that there had been a change in Greenwood’s case.
This is not the case with the striker still suspended by the Premier League club, who confirmed that his status ‘hasn’t changed’.
Manchester Evening News journalist Samuel Luckhurst also confirmed Greenwood’s profile was taken off the club’s smartphone app after he was removed from the squad to exclude him from interactive elements.
Mason Greenwood remains unavailable for selection by Manchester United despite fans spotting him being listed in the club’s squad section online (top right)
Greenwood, 20, was arrested last month on suspicion of raping, sexually assaulting and threatening to kill an 18-year-old student before being released on bail
Greenwood’s profile has always been listed on the club’s official desktop website and has not been removed, given he is still a Manchester United player.
Greenwood is still not a part of the first-team squad and remains unavailable for selection until further notice.
United still are contractually bound to continue paying Greenwood’s £75,000-a-week salary despite suspending him after he was arrested last month and then released on bail. They said that he will not play for the club or train at Carrington until further notice.
United’s last official communication relating to Greenwood’s situation was a statement on February 1 which read: ‘Manchester United reiterates its strong condemnation of violence of any kind.
He had his Nike sponsorship deal terminated without receiving a penny of compensation
‘As previously communicated, Mason Greenwood will not train with, or play for, the club until further notice.’
United must now wait to see if Greenwood is charged before deciding on their next move.
Joseph Lappin, head of employment at UK law firm Stewarts, told Sportsmail last month: ‘In these early days, whilst the criminal investigation is ongoing, the risk of dismissing Greenwood is too great.
‘Greenwood would stand to be compensated by the club for the sums owing to him under the remaining term of his contract if his dismissal was found to be unlawful.
‘If Manchester United considers that the employment relationship has reached the end of the road, it is more likely that the club proposes terminating the contract and paying Greenwood a settlement sum.
Manchester United insist Greenwood’s status ‘hasn’t changed’ and remains unavailable
‘If this happened, Greenwood could look to sign for a club abroad, possibly on a pre-contract basis pending the outcome of the criminal investigation in England.
‘If there is a trial and Greenwood is found not guilty, he and the club may explore early termination of his player contract.
‘If there is a trial and Greenwood is found guilty and sent to prison, Manchester United could rip up the player contract and stop paying Greenwood.’