Ten Hag Issues Warning To Man Utd Players Amid Internal Investigation Of Mason Greenwood’s Case

Kingsley Ikechi
Erik ten Hag has directed his Manchester United squad to remain focused on challenge ahead after the club announced an internal investigation procedure for Mason Greenwood’s sexual assault saga.

On Thursday, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it had dropped charges of attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Mason Greenwood.

The 21-year-old has been suspended by United since allegations emerged in January 2022.

Now legal proceedings are over, he has been told to stay away from Carrington while the club completes an internal investigation into the next steps.

Ten Hag refused to comment on the subject, referring to United’s latest statement ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

But the 53-year-old stressed that his players must ‘deal’ with such outside interference while remaining the only English club to still be challenging in four competitions.

He told reporters: “It’s really important, but sometimes you get issues, as a club and team, and you have to deal with it.

“We have standards and values, we have to live along those high standards and values, and that gives a base if you have a good culture and spirit.

“That’s our job, not to get distracted by anything. We’re human beings, and sometimes there are issues. We’re not like robots, but we have to focus on our job.

“We have so many games, so we don’t have time to get distracted by anything. It’s not easy, but that is our job.”

But while Ten Hag will likely contribute to the decision on Greenwood’s United future, he will be concentrated on sealing silverware and a top-four finish in his maiden season.

The Red Devils face Barcelona in a Europa League knockout play-off later this month and host West Ham United in the FA Cup fifth round.

David Moyes’ side’s visit falls just three days after United meet Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

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