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Ralf Rangnick has called Mason Greenwood’s rape investigation a “disaster” for Manchester United.
Red Devils forward Greenwood, 20, is currently on bail after being arrested in late January on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and threats to kill after images and videos emerged on social media posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence.
United immediately suspended Greenwood following his arrest and released a statement saying that the club "reiterates its strong condemnation of violence of any kind". And interim manager Rangnick has now addressed the police's investigation into the forward by calling it a “disaster” for the club, Greenwood and his family.
Ahead of Saturday's trip to Brighton in the Premier League, Rangnick said: "The issue around Mason was a disaster for everybody. It was a human disaster, it’s a personal [disaster].
"It’s not good for himself, obviously, and for his family it hasn’t been good but it also hasn’t been good for our club. He was regularly playing at the time."
Greenwood’s bail was due to expire on April 30 until police confirmed an application was made to the courts to have the date extended. The hearing won't be held until mid-June, meaning Greenwood will have to wait until the summer to find out if he'll be charged or not.
A statement issued by Greater Manchester Police last week read: "We are continuing to investigate a report made to us on Sunday 30 January of online social media images and videos posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical violence. A 20-year-old man arrested that day on suspicion of the rape and assault of a woman, and threats to kill, remains on bail.”
Greenwood made his debut for the Red Devils in March 2019 when he was just 17-years-old, and quickly established himself as an important player in the squad. He netted 17 goals in his first full season with the club before earning an England call up.
Although he made his international debut against Iceland in September 2020, he was sent home two days later after breaking Covid-19 public health guidelines with team-mate Phil Foden.
Greenwood's Man Utd team-mates have struggled on the pitch in recent months, meanwhile, and are fighting now to qualify for the Europa League, with the Red Devils sat sixth in the table going into the weekend.
Should United lose to Brighton, though, and West Ham beat Norwich on Sunday, they could still be caught before the season ends and drop down to seventh, which would see them only play in the Europa Conference League instead.
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