Mason Greenwood’s career at Manchester United has been in limbo for the past 17 months following his suspension by the club in January 2022 on suspicion of rape and assault.
The young forward’s future at Old Trafford has been the subject of much speculation, with some rumors suggesting that he may be loaned out to Italian side Atalanta.
However, recent reports suggest that a return to Manchester United may be on the cards for Greenwood, with a major boost coming from the club’s main sponsors Adidas.
According to the Sun, United and Adidas have reportedly held secret talks, with the sportswear giant giving the green light for Greenwood’s return.
The move is said to be seen as a positive step by many at the club, with most of his teammates reportedly welcoming him back if the club agrees to go in that direction.
The news that Adidas is not fiercely opposed to Greenwood’s return is likely to be a relief for United, who signed a deal worth around £750m with the company in 2015.
However, Adidas has been quick to distance itself from any involvement in team line-ups, stating that “As sponsors we have no influence over team line-ups.”
While Greenwood’s return is not guaranteed, the fact that Adidas has given its approval is seen as a significant step forward. It is hoped that other sponsors will follow suit, paving the way for the young forward’s return to the squad.
Greenwood’s talent as a striker is undeniable, and his potential has been clear since his breakthrough into the first team in 2019.
However, his suspension has put his career on hold, and it remains to be seen how he will respond to the challenges of returning to top-level football after such a long absence.
United’s football director John Murtough has reportedly discussed the possibility of Greenwood making a temporary move to Atalanta during negotiations with the Italian club over Rasmus Hojlund.
However, it remains to be seen whether Greenwood will be used as a makeweight in any deal, or whether he will be given the chance to prove himself at Old Trafford.
Whatever the outcome, Greenwood’s return to action will be eagerly awaited by United fans, who have been waiting for the young forward to fulfill his potential for some time.
With the backing of Adidas and the support of his teammates, Greenwood may well be able to put his troubles behind him and focus on what he does best: scoring goals.