Mason Greenwood was finally unveiled as a Getafe player when he joined the Spanish top-flight club on Friday, for a season-long loan from his parent club Manchester United. The Red Devils outcast would finally return to action after more than a year of inactivity as he would be upbeat to showcase his skills on Spanish soil.
Greenwood to Getafe
Mason Greenwood, one of Manchester United’s homegrown talents, has fallen down the pecking order since last year. He has been accused of physical abuse and assault, but charges were dropped against him after failing to furnish evidence. As a result, he was thought of being incorporated into the United squad, which received a lot of backlash from some section of supporters, thus board deciding on loaning their star boy to Getafe. So, last month, Premier League heavyweights confirmed that Greenwood and the club has decided to part ways on mutual agreement, with the player getting a shot to rebuild his career in the Spanish top-flight.
During the unveiling, Greenwood was greeted warmly by Getafe supporters, who were eager to welcome the Premier League star to their club, waiting with placards requesting Greenwood to hand over his shirt to them. He was heard saying, “I am very happy to be here. I have been training for four or five months, I am getting up to speed and have been training with my team-mates and feel quite good. We take it one game at a time and the next home game is coming in a few weeks and we will try to win and do our best.”
Greenwood, after being convicted of physical assaults, remained in custody, and was declared free of all charges, in February 2023, after which Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed that there was “no longer a realistic prospect of conviction.” But, United decided to take the matter in their own hands, making a committee to investigate on this matter. In August, they announced, “based on the evidence available to us, we have concluded that the material posted online did not provide a full picture and that Mason did not commit the offences in respect of which he was originally charged.”
“Appropriate measures were taken”
On the day of Greenwood’s signing, Getafe lost 1-2 to Real Madrid, courtesy a Jude Bellingham stunner in the dying minutes. Although he was not involved in the squad, he would be an integral member in the upcoming fixtures after the international break. Getafe boss Bordalas, when asked about Greenwood’s signing, was heard saying, “It is too delicate a situation to trivialize this issue. Everybody knows what happened, the appropriate measures were taken.”
” Obviously we can only talk about football, about other issues, I think, that the people and the relevant systems did what they had to do, and everybody knows how it ended – without a condemnatory sentence. He’s a footballer of the highest level, who comes to Getafe with enormous hope. We are going to help him to recover his best level.”
Greenwood rose through the ranks of United, debuting for the senior team in 2019, when he was a 19-year old teenager. He was considered to be one of the top talents for Manchester, as he went on to amass 35 goals in more than 120 appearances for the club, and Getafe fans would look at him to flourish his Premier League experience in Getafe, as they would look to up their ante in the coming days.