A new report inThe Athleticreveals that Mason Greenwood was told off by Manchester United staff after he criticized Cristiano Ronaldo while the Portuguese striker was playing for Real Madrid.
The report provides numerous accounts and specific details of Greenwood’s behind-the-scenes experiences as he climbed the ranks at United.
In January 2022, the 21-year-old was taken into custody and later, in October of the same year, charged with attempted rape, assault leading to actual bodily harm, and engaging in coercive and controlling behavior, all in relation to a single person.
United suspended Greenwood from all club activities and announced that he would not be allowed to train or play until further notice.
Although all charges against him were subsequently dropped in February 2023, United’s own internal investigation into the matter was ongoing.
As a result, Greenwood was informed that he would not be permitted to attend the club’s training ground or participate in any matches until the investigation had concluded.
Greenwood’s Manchester United career detailed
And while that investigation continues, details about Greenwood’s career at United and England have been published inThe Athletictoday.
They write that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the forward would fail to adhere to social distancing guidelines, holding parties at a rented Airbnb address.
They also recount the time that he and Phil Foden were sent home from England duty in 2020 after both men invited girls to the team hotel and breached COVID guidelines.
United’s staff members expressed concern about Greenwood’s attendance at the Carrington training ground, citing difficulties in tracking his whereabouts.
AndThe Athleticwrite about how Greenwood would brutally dismiss the credentials of young players if he did not think they were on his level.
Greenwood levelled similar criticism at Ronaldo
The report claimed that Greenwood was not only dismissive of his fellow young players but also critical of former United star Ronaldo.
The Athleticstates that while Ronaldo was in Madrid, the United academy prospect is said to have been openly critical of the player.
On one occasion, Greenwood is noted to have said, “he’s dead.”
That was corrected by United’s staff, who put the comments down to immaturity.
Ronaldo would go on to re-sign for the Red Devils in 2021 and would play alongside Greenwood before the latter’s arrest and suspension by the club.
That suspension has not yet been rescinded despite all charges against Greenwood being dropped, with the club stating that they would complete their own investigation before any decision was made.
“Manchester United notes the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service that all charges against Mason Greenwood have been dropped,”they wrote.
“The club will now conduct its own process before determining next steps. We will not make any further comment until that process is complete.”