Mason Greenwood: Carrington return explained as Manchester United forward nears transfer resolution

Mason Greenwood was back at Carrington on Monday morning but didn't take part in training.Mason Greenwood was back at Carrington on Monday morning but didn't take part in training.
Mason Greenwood was back at Carrington on Monday morning but didn't take part in training. | Getty Images
The 22-year-old is in advanced talks over a Manchester United exit.

Mason Greenwood was back at Carrington on Monday afternoon as he began his preparations for the 2024/25 season.

It was the first time the Manchester United striker has been at Carrington since his arrest in January 2022 but Greenwood did not take part in any training sessions on Monday.

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Instead, the 22-year-old spoke to United’s leadership team about his future as the club look to arrange a permanent departure for the academy product. Greenwood is in advanced talks with Marseille about a possible transfer, with several high-profile European clubs keen on the player, including a number from Italy.

Greenwood spent last season on loan at Getafe, where he scored 10 goals in 36 appearances. This summer, United’s primary aim has always been to facilitate a permanent exit - although another loan or even him remaining at the club have not been completely ruled out. There was a public backlash and protests arranged last year when plans emerged that United planned to reintegrate the youngster into the first-team squad.

Greenwood was arrested and subsequently charged with attempted rape, assault and coercive control in 2022, although the case was ultimately discontinued in 2023 due to the withdrawal of key witnesses. Greenwood has always denied the allegations against him but did admit that he had ‘made mistakes’. He has not played football in England since and a move abroad is expected this summer.

While Greenwood didn’t take part in Monday’s training session, the rest of the squad are set to report back for their first day of pre-season. Those involved in this summer’s international tournaments will not be be back at Carrington.

Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rene Hake and Jelle ten Rouwelaar have also been at the club’s training base on Monday with the Dutch trio set to part of Erik ten Hag’s new-look coaching set-up this season.

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