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Mason Greenwood excluded from Man Utd’s pre-season squad

Manchester United’s forgotten man Mason Greenwood won’t make Erik ten Hag’s squad for the upcoming United States tour, as per The Athletic.

Despite seeing the United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service drop the charges for attempted rape, assault and coercive control in February, the 21-year-old remains an ostracised figure at Old Trafford.

While the UK’s law enforcement has let the Red Devils’ homegrown starlet off the hook, an internal investigation into the forward’s affairs threatens to end his long-term association with United.

Man Utd’s original intent was to send the Englishman out on loan for 2023/24 to buy more time to complete their enquiry before deciding what to do with their controversial ace.

During the ongoing discussions with Atalanta over Rasmus Hojlund’s move to the Premier League, Greenwood’s name has surfaced as a potential ingredient to sweeten a deal.

However, the Italians have already played down their interest in the troubled forward, as they aim to milk every pound from the Denmark international’s imminent exit.

Atalanta’s rejection throws Greenwood’s future into further doubt, especially after Roma boss Jose Mourinho relinquished his ambition to reunite with the forward earlier this summer.

Ten Hag’s decision to rule the youngster out of his pre-season squad comes as confirmation of Man United’s attempt to sever ties with the former England international.

United hold Greenwood’s football qualities in high esteem, but concerns over his potential re-incorporation into the Dutchman’s squad are too frightening to be overlooked.

Man United cannot afford to let the teenager’s return damage the club’s worldwide image despite their genuine belief he could be a valuable first-team asset for ten Hag.

The Red Devils would preferably give Greenwood a year away, although a lack of suitors poses a threat to their bid to loan him out for next season.

With a Premier League stay seemingly off the table, a temporary switch to an overseas club remains the only option for Greenwood.

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