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Man Utd: Sir Jim Ratcliffe risks strike as staff ‘make Mason Greenwood feelings known’ | Football | Sport

Sir Jim Ratcliffe risks damaging his early relationship with Manchester United staff if he sanctions Mason Greenwood’s return to the club this summer. The view of employees within the walls of Old Trafford was clear last summer, and it reportedly hasn’t changed ahead of what Ratcliffe claims will be a “fresh” decision.

Last August, The Athletic reported that former chief executive Richard Arnold informed staff that he planned to reintegrate Greenwood into Erik ten Hag’s squad after a six-month investigation into his January 2022 arrest.

The 22-year-old forward was charged with attempted rape, assault, and coercive control later that year, all of which he denied.

Last February, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued its case due to the withdrawal of key witnesses, sparking the internal probe.

The same report claimed that some United staff were left appalled by Arnold’s plans and held multiple intense meetings with club executives.

A section of the Red Devils’ workforce was claimed to have started to research how to go on strike. Others were seriously debating whether to resign in the case that Greenwood returned.

Ratcliffe enters United – after completing his £1.3billion deal for a 27.7 per cent stake last month – at a fragile time. There is little room for error from him or INEOS regarding big decisions.

During an opening address to selected media organisations, the 71-year-old was unsurprisingly asked about Greenwood’s future beyond his season-long loan at Getafe.

He said: “The process will be: understand the facts, not the hype, and then try and come to a fair decision on the basis of values, which is basically: is he a good guy or not, and answer could he play sincerely for Manchester United well and would we be comfortable with it and would the fans be comfortable with it?”

Greenwood has scored seven goals and registered five assists in 25 appearances for Getafe, reportedly attracting interest from La Liga rivals, including Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

But, as Ratcliffe alluded to, a decision on his future as a United player will be down to more than just his undeniable footballing ability. He is under contract at Old Trafford until June 2025, with the option of a further year.

A new Athletic report states that the stance of staff members hasn’t changed since Greenwood was hurried out the exit door on deadline day last summer.

United have been made aware of widespread staff unease over the prospect of their former No. 11 returning to the fray.

That will ultimately be a significant factor to consider at the dawn of Ratcliffe’s rule over the club’s football operations.

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