August 17 2023

Erik ten Hag angry as 2 new issues about Greenwood surface

Erik ten Hag, manager of Manchester United is angry over the fresh issues that arise following delay in Mason Greenwood return in Man Utd

Manchester United could be frustrating Erik ten Hag with their decision to delay an announcement on Mason Greenwood’s future. The Dutchman, reportedly open to Greenwood’s return, will have recognised two worrying issues in United’s Premier League opener against Wolves on Monday.

United beat Wolves 1-0 through Raphael Varane’s 76th-minute header, marking a winning start to the campaign at Old Trafford.

But Ten Hag’s side were far from convincing, conceding an array of chances and escaping a stoppage-time penalty after a VAR review.

Before kick-off, a small group of fans protested against Greenwood’s return to the squad amidst a larger demonstration against the club’s Glazer ownership.

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Greenwood hasn’t played a match or trained with United since he was arrested in January 2022 and later charged with attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour.

The 21-year-old denied the allegations, and the Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against him in February this year after key witnesses withdrew their cooperation from the investigation.

In the six months that have followed, United have completed an internal probe into Greenwood’s arrest to decide whether he should resume his career at the club or elsewhere.

An announcement of the final call – made by chief executive officer Richard Arnold – was set for last week. But United delayed it to inform key stakeholders, the fan advisory board, and the women’s team.

It keeps Greenwood in limbo and will likely annoy Ten Hag, who witnessed first-hand his need for attacking reinforcements against Wolves.

Marcus Rashford struggled as the central striker against Wolves’ low block, unable to make runs in behind and uninspired with the ball at his feet.

The visitors’ organised defensive setup also showcased Alejandro Garnacho’s flaws.

Like Rashford, he recently signed a new five-year contract at United, but the 19-year-old seems better suited as an impact substitute rather than a starter for now.

But the attacking picture looks bleak while he recovers from a back issue, and trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are on the agenda in the next three weeks.

If Erik Ten Hag and his dressing room are ready to welcome Greenwood back, he will want the No 11 at his disposal sooner rather than later.

Otherwise – unless the poor Wolves display acts as a wake-up call – United may be in for a sticky start to the campaign.

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Posted August 17, 2023 by Jude Ogbonna in category "News +

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