After clinching a last-minute loan deal with Getafe on deadline day, Mason Greenwood is reportedly keen on donning the Manchester United shirt again in the future. The 21-year-old is poised for a comeback to professional football, following an 18-month hiatus due to alleged rape charges and the legal proceedings that ensued.
Greenwood has been cleared of all allegations, paving the way for him to restart his career in the upcoming 2023-24 season. It was disclosed last Friday that Greenwood, a product of the Red Devils’ youth system, would be spending the next season with the Spanish La Liga club, Getafe. Importantly, the loan agreement includes no clause for a permanent transfer next summer.
As reported by The Sun, Greenwood has not given up hope of a dramatic return to the Manchester United first team, despite public declarations from Erik ten Hag’s management that he would no longer feature for the side.
Greenwood’s contract, which remains intact and is set to run until 2025, is seen as a sign of the faith Manchester United still have in him. The club is reportedly supportive of Greenwood’s ambitions to eventually make his way back to Premier League football, be it at Old Trafford or another club.
Earlier this summer, Greenwood had garnered interest globally, including from teams in the Saudi Pro League. However, several stakeholders in the Middle East were apprehensive about the potential impact of his arrival on the league’s reputation. Lazio, the Serie A team, was also a strong contender to secure Greenwood’s services, but failed to finalise a loan agreement before the transfer window closed.
The president of Lazio, Claudio Lotito, has openly criticised Manchester United for the breakdown of the prospective deal, citing a failure to exchange necessary documentation in time. It’s said that Greenwood would have preferred a stint in Serie A with Lazio but now faces the task of maximising his spell in Spain with Getafe.
Getafe, under the leadership of Pepe Bordalas, recently suffered a gut-wrenching loss to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, when Jude Bellingham scored a last-minute goal. However, they are set to regroup and face Osasuna at their home ground, Coliseum Alfonso Perez, following the international break. This could be the stage where Greenwood makes his debut appearance for the club.