AN update on Mason Greenwood's future could be announced today after Manchester United made a U-turn over his return amid fan backlash.
The striker, 21, hasn't played for the Premier League giants since he was arrested back in January 2022 – resulting in an immediate suspension.
Greenwood was charged with attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour – but was cleared six months ago.
And since the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) threw out the case, uncertainty about him returning to the club has been looming.
Man Utd have remained tight-lipped over whether the star will return after they carried out their own probe.
Most recently, club chief exec Richard Arnold was ready to hand Greenwood a second chance and welcome him back into the fold.
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But an uproar online from fans and protests outside Utd's ground saw an explosive U-turn as club bosses quickly changed their statement.
It comes as The Sun exclusively revealed on Saturday that the baller will not be making a comeback.
A solid update on whether or not the No11 player will play for the Red Devils again is now expected to be made today, according to reports.
The Athletic's David Ornstein said in an interview with NBC Sports: "We're expecting to hear some sort of update from Manchester United as early as [Monday]."
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However, he also added that "no final decision has been made" over Greenwood's future and that "all scenarios still remain open".
Football expert Ornstein said: "The official line from Manchester United is that there is no final decision yet and that all scenarios remain open to them.
"And they are planning for them, such as re-integrating Mason Greenwood.
"Keep him and loan him out. Sell him or work with their lawyers to actually dismiss him."
Doubts about Greenwood's future at the club started to rise when he was missed off the provisional squad numbers for the new season.
He hadn't kicked a ball for the club since January last year but was recently spotted training in a public park before knowing his fate.
His dad and coach, Andrew Greenwood, instructed Greenwood on drills while holding his newborn baby.
The player was still barred from Carrington Training Ground – belonging to Utd – while the club conducted their own investigation.
All internal investigations have now been completed and handed to chief exec Arnold – who is tasked with making the final decision.
It is unclear what Utd are now going to do with Greenwood, who is still being paid his £75,000 a week contract.
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There could be legal implications about cancelling it altogether because he still has two years remaining, wasn't found guilty of anything and had all charged dropped.
The club may look to offer him out on loan but so far there have been no firm offers from any club to take him.
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