Manchester United are considering a U-turn on reintegrating Mason Greenwood into the first-team squad.
It is understood chief executive Richard Arnold had planned to confirm Greenwood's return to staff, but news of his potential return leaked and there was a backlash from supporters.
Having failed to communicate their decision on Greenwood's future before the start of the season - a deadline imposed by figures at United - the emergence of the club's plans to bring Greenwood back into the fold sparked outrage among several supporters. The Manchester Evening News has seen emails addressed to United by season-ticket holders and members voicing their opposition to Greenwood’s possible return.
The MEN understands the reaction from supporters has prompted United to reassess their intention to restore Greenwood to the first-team squad.
United have declined to comment. It is understood the club are reluctant to address the matter on a matchday and ahead of the Women's World Cup final between England and Spain in Sydney tomorrow.
Greater Manchester Police announced on February 2 that charges against Greenwood, 21, had been dropped. Greenwood had been charged with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and assault. He always denied all allegations.
Greenwood has not played for United since January 22 2022 and he has also not returned to training with the club.
United have been receiving data from Greenwood's training sessions as he continues to train away from the club. The forward has not returned to United’s Carrington training complex since the charges were dropped.
Greenwood is contracted to United until 2025, with the option of an additional year, and he last played for the club in the 1-0 win against West Ham on January 22, 2022.
Greenwood has played 129 times for United and scored 35 goals. He made his England debut against Iceland in September 2020.