Man Utd star offered lifeline by Mourinho, who says ‘hassle will fade away’ at Roma

Will Ford

Jose Mourinho has reportedly made contact with Mason Greenwood to propose a loan move to Roma this summer.

Greenwood was facing charges relating to attempted rape and assault but it was announced in February that the case against has been discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

This decision was made after it was ruled that “the withdrawal of key witnesses and new material that came to light meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction”.

A report last week claimed United boss Erik ten Hag has ruled out a sale this summer, with United ‘leaning towards loaning’ the young forward.

And now The Sun claim Greenwood’s former manager Mourinho has made a play to sign him on loan, telling the 21-year-old that “all the hassle will fade away” during a spell at Roma.

A source said: “Jose rang Mason’s dad and also spoke with Mason. He told him the best way out of his current situation is to start playing football — and that eventually all the hassle will fade away.

“Mason was pleased that he got in touch and it has lifted his spirits.

“He wants to get back playing and is just waiting for United to tell him what the future holds.”

Juventus, Inter and AC Milan have also been linked with the Englishman, but Mourinho way well have an advantage over those Serie A rivals having given Greenwood his first chance at United.

In 2018, Mourinho picked Greenwood as a 16-year-old to go on their pre-season tour of the US.

Ex-United ace Nicky Butt revealed Mourinho identified Greenwood as a future first-team star when he was just 15.

Butt, who worked at United when Mourinho was boss from 2016 to 2018, said: “I was his academy boss so I wondered what it would be like.

“The reality was that he was approachable and friendly. He was single-minded and selfish — and that’s what the best managers are.

“He asked, ‘Who is this kid Greenwood?’ when Mason was 15. He said, ‘Bring him to train with us’, and I said, ‘We can’t, because he’s at school and there are rules’.”

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