Manchester United has officially announced the departure of young striker Mason Greenwood after the conclusion of an internal investigation.
The 21-year-old player had been suspended since January 2022 when he faced charges of rape and engaging in controlling and coercive behavior based on allegations from his girlfriend.
Earlier this year, the charges were dropped due to the withdrawal of key witnesses, and Greenwood had resumed individual training. However, a recent report from The Athletic about the club’s intention to bring him back sparked controversy among some fans.
In response, Manchester United issued a statement on Monday, revealing that they have reached an agreement with Greenwood for a mutual parting of ways.
Read the club’s full statement below:
Manchester United has concluded its internal investigation into the allegations made against Mason Greenwood.
Our process commenced in February 2023, following all charges against Mason being dropped. Throughout, we have taken into account the wishes, rights and perspective of the alleged victim along with the club’s standards and values, and sought to collate as much information and context as possible. This has required us to proceed with sensitivity and care to obtain evidence not in the public domain, including from those with direct knowledge of the case.
Based on the evidence available to us, we have concluded that the material posted online did not provide a full picture and that Mason did not commit the offences in respect of which he was originally charged. That said, as Mason publicly acknowledges today, he has made mistakes which he is taking responsibility for. All those involved, including Mason, recognise the difficulties with him recommencing his career at Manchester United. It has therefore been mutually agreed that it would be most appropriate for him to do so away from Old Trafford, and we will now work with Mason to achieve that outcome.