One Man Utd player is ‘furious’ after some Man Utd players decided to ‘ostracise’ Mason Greenwood after his arrest, according to reports.
The 20-year-old was arrested over the alleged rape and assault of a young woman last Sunday after images and videos were posted online.
While Greenwood was still in custody, he was further arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of sexual assault and threats to kill, before being bailed on Thursday.
Greater Manchester Police have not named the footballer but said on Wednesday: “A 20-year-old man arrested on Sunday, January 30, 2022 on suspicion of the rape and assault of a woman has been released on bail pending further investigation.”
Within hours of the allegations appearing, Man Utd announced the England international was suspended from playing or training with them.
The Old Trafford club reiterated that stance on Thursday morning, saying the situation remains unchanged despite Greenwood being released on bail.
One report earlier this week said that the Man Utd players were ‘‘shocked and appalled by the images and audio clip that were leaked on social media’ and that several players had stopped following Greenwood on social media.
And now The Sun claim that ‘troubles have intensified with a dressing-room rift over Mason Greenwood’s arrest as stars clash over whether it was right to ditch him’.
The decision from Cristiano Ronaldo, Victor Lindelof and Edinson Cavani to unfollow Greenwood on Instagram has apparently ‘put pressure on other team-mates to follow suit’.
Some of the first-team squad feel it is ‘wrong to ostracise Greenwood on the basis that he is innocent until proven guilty’.
One source told The Sun: “One player in particular is furious about it. He feels that ditching Mason shows they are not together.
“If Mason is convicted of what he has been accused of, then clearly all the players will be horrified. But the police haven’t even decided if they have enough evidence to charge him or not yet.
“Some of those closest to him feel the course of justice should be allowed to run. But when some of the players started dumping him, they felt they had to as well.
“One of the players said it showed how the squad wasn’t together and showed that too many times they act as individuals.”