Manchester United forward Mason Greenwood has become a father, announcing the news on social media alongside a touching photo of him holding his newborn baby’s hand.
The post marked the first update from the player since January 2022, and his partner also shared the same picture on her account.
Greenwood, a United academy graduate, is reportedly keen to marry his girlfriend soon. He was recently seen enjoying her baby shower and was also spotted training with fellow academy star Anthony Elanga, indicating his return to the pitch may be nearing.
However, Greenwood’s return to professional football has been uncertain due to legal issues. The 21-year-old was arrested last year on charges of attempted rape, assault, and engaging in controlling and coercive behavior.
The Crown Prosecutions Service dropped all charges in February, but he still remains suspended by United, who are currently conducting an internal investigation into his future with the club.
Despite the ongoing investigation, there are talks of multiple Serie A clubs eyeing a loan move for Greenwood.
Man United manager Erik ten Hag has expressed his willingness to reintegrate the forward back into the team, even stating that he believes Greenwood has the capability to shoulder the team’s scoring burden.
However, United may opt to send the player out on loan to Italy to gauge public opinion and enable him to play without the constant media hounding.
The women’s team is expected to be consulted before any final decision is taken, with sponsors also willing to distance themselves from the player.
As a young talent with a bright future ahead of him, Greenwood’s next steps will be closely watched by football fans and the media alike.