Mason Greenwood 'set to become a dad' just weeks after criminal charges against the footballer are dropped
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Mason Greenwood is set to become a father for the first time, just weeks after assault charges against the Manchester United forward were dropped.
As was first reported by The Sun, Greenwood was informed about the baby news earlier this month by his partner, with his family now said to be 'looking forward' to the summer arrival.
The 21-year-old had previously been arrested in January of last year, following serious accusations that were made against him by a woman via social media.
And yet, at the beginning of this month, those accusations were dismissed in court after Greenwood was officially cleared of any wrongdoing.
Despite having cleared his name in the eyes of the law, Manchester United are yet to welcome the player back into the first team fold, with the club wishing to conclude a formal investigation before any on his future decision can be made.
The Sun also report that many individuals at United wouldn't feel comfortable if Greenwood was allowed to return to Carrington after the investigation is conducted.
The outlet quotes several members of Manchester United Women, who suggest they would be 'deeply concerned' by his return.
Natalie Burrell, founder of United Women’s Supporters’ Club, has stated that she never wants to see Greenwood in a red shirt again, telling The Sun: “United need to make a statement and letting him back would be the worst thing they could do.
“I don’t want to see him training, in a kit, or coming out at Old Trafford again. And I’m confident they won’t (let him).”
Further to this, several members of the men's senior team are also thought to have raised concerns over the possibility of the forward being welcomed back - citing the disruption it may cause to their campaign.
Greenwood, a full England international, released a statement after having all charges dropped but has not commented on his return to football since. Since the criminal verdict was delivered, several reports have suggested he may try and resurrect his playing career abroad.
His statement read: "I am relieved that this matter is now over and I would like to thank my family, loved ones and friends for their support. There will be no further comment at this time."
Meanwhile, in the opinion of former Crystal Palace owner, Simon Jordan, its not beyond the realm of possibility that United could cancel Greenwood's £75,000 per week contract on the basis of him bringing the club into disrepute.
The broadcaster recently stated on TalkSPORT: "Manchester United, in my view, would be within their gift to be able to consider this as bringing the club into disrepute."