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Countdown’s Rachel Riley adds pressure to United over Mason Greenwood

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Presenter Rachel Riley has joined calls for Manchester United to remove Mason Greenwood from its staff.

The ardent Manchester United fan said she’d stop supporting the club if he played for them again.

21-year-old Greenwood has not been available for selection since his arrest in 2022 for attempted rape and assault. He denied all the charges and they were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in February.

He still hasn’t played or trained with the club.

Ahead of Manchester United’s first match of the season, fans protested about his potential return.

In a series of posts of the social media platform, X, Riley said that she “won’t be able to support United if Greenwood remains at the club.”

On Wednesday, United released a long update on the potential future of Greenwood, whose contract runs until 2025.

It said that the club had conducted a “thorough investigation into the allegations made against him.

“This has drawn on extensive evidence and context not in the public domain, and we have heard from numerous people with direct involvement or knowledge of the case.

“Throughout this process, the welfare and perspective of the alleged victim has been central to the club’s inquiries, and we respect her right to lifelong anonymity.

“We also have responsibilities to Mason as an employee, as a young person who has been with the club since the age of seven, and as a new father with a partner.”

It added that no decision had yet been made, although the “fact-finding phase” of its investigation was now complete.

Any final decision would rest with its Chief Executive Officer, Richard Arnold.

“This has been a difficult case for everyone associated with Manchester United, and we understand the strong opinions it has provoked based on the partial evidence in the public domain,” concluded the statement.

“We ask for patience as we work through the final stages of this carefully considered process.”

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