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Ten Hag Prioritises Current Squad Amidst Greenwood Scandal

Manchester United’s Greenwood Saga: The Latest Developments

Manchester United’s management, under the guidance of Erik ten Hag, has been tight-lipped about the recent developments surrounding Mason Greenwood. The young English striker has been in the headlines for reasons other than his footballing prowess.

Greenwood’s Departure from Old Trafford

Earlier this week, Manchester United confirmed that Greenwood would be parting ways with the club by mutual consent. This decision comes after an internal review concerning allegations made against the player. Greenwood, at the age of 21, faced arrest in January 2022. However, by 2 February 2023, the charges, which included attempted rape and assault, were dismissed.

Ten Hag’s Stance on the Matter

Ahead of the Premier League clash against Nottingham Forest, Ten Hag was questioned about Greenwood’s situation. The Dutch manager emphasised his commitment to the team, stating, “We are not where we want to be with our team. My primary concern is the players who are available.” On being probed about any personal conversations with Greenwood post the investigation, Ten Hag maintained his stance, highlighting his focus on the “current squad and the players who are available.”

The Controversy Surrounding Online Material

The root of the issue traces back to certain materials that were published online, leading to Greenwood’s arrest. Manchester United, in their recent statement, clarified their position. They mentioned, “Based on the evidence available to us, we concluded that the material posted online did not provide a complete narrative. Mason did not commit the offences he was initially charged with.”

Greenwood, in his statement, acknowledged his errors, stating he had “made mistakes” and accepted his “share of responsibility”. However, he firmly denied the accusations made against him.

Rachel Riley’s Take on the Situation

Prominent TV presenter and Manchester United enthusiast, Rachel Riley, expressed her concerns about the club’s handling of the Greenwood situation. Speaking to The News Agents podcast, Riley criticised the club’s statements, suggesting they might inadvertently empower online abusers. She remarked, “This overarching statement could embolden abusers and deter victims from reporting alleged abuse. It’s disheartening to witness my club endorsing such a culture.”

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