Neville speaks out on ‘horrible’ Greenwood ‘process’ as final Man Utd verdict was ‘clear from day one’

Neville on Greenwood Credit: Alamy
Neville on Greenwood Credit: Alamy

Gary Neville thinks it was “clear from day one” that Mason Greenwood will never play for Manchester United again but the “process” has been “horrible”.

It was announced on Monday afternoon that Man Utd and Greenwood have mutually agreed that the 21-year-old will continue his career at a different club. 

Earlier this month, The Athletic revealed that the Premier League giants were planning for the attacker to return but they made a U-turn after receiving huge internal and external backlash.

Greenwood has been suspended by Man Utd since January 2022 as he was facing charges relating to attempted rape and assault but this case was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service earlier this year.

It is now expected that he will be sold or loaned out this summer as he attempts to rebuild his career in another country.

The pundits on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football responded to Man Utd’s decision on Greenwood ahead of Arsenal’s game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Neville thinks Man Utd “finally” got the right decision after a “pretty horrible process” which proves that they lack “strong authoritative leadership”.

“Yes, they have (made the right decision). They have finally got there,” Neville said on Monday Night Football.

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“It was clear from day one that he wouldn’t play for Manchester United again.

“The process in getting there has been pretty horrible. When you have significant situations, and difficult situations like this, it requires strong authoritative leadership. And that comes from the very top. Manchester United don’t have that.”

“And on an issue like domestic abuse and violence against women, it brings me to a third point that there needs to be independence.

“It shouldn’t be that Manchester United are the judge and jury on such a significant issue, not just for themselves but also for the game.

“People talk about the reputation to Manchester United but it’s the Premier League here as well. And my view here is that on issues of this importance and severity, they should be dealt with independently by a panel.

“Because it’s been clear that Manchester United have not had the skill and the ability to deal with this situation properly – it’s been well above their grade of experience and ability.”

Karen Carney added: “I think from statements, that have been confusing and conflicting to everybody. From leaks. From involving stakeholders unnecessarily. I.e. female players, our Lionesses.

“It’s a really uneasy situation for me.”

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