Mason Greenwood
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Manchester United is reportedly facing troubles that have escalated with a dressing room rift over Mason Greenwood's arrest as players clash over whether the club members were right to ditch him.

Greenwood was arrested on Jan. 31 for suspicion of rape and was further detained on suspicion of threats to kill and sexual assault. However, he was released on bail on Wednesday after being questioned by the police.

Manchester United has suspended Greenwood and the club confirmed that he will not train or play for the team while still under investigation. Any merchandise related to him has also been removed from sale.

A source told The Sun Sunday that some Man Utd players felt it was wrong to exclude Greenwood on the basis that he is innocent until proven guilty. "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." Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo and Victor Lindelof unfollowed Greenwood on Instagram following his arrest.

Meanwhile, Man Utd manager Ralf Ragnick said Thursday that the team has talked about the striker's arrest. "We had internal discussions but I'm pretty sure everyone will understand those internal discussions should stay internal. It's an unusual situation for everybody."

England manager Gareth Southgate has also confirmed that the striker will not be considered for selection until all legal proceedings are over.

Nike, the sportswear giant, have suspended their sponsorship deal with the player, while United's shirt sponsor TeamViewer said they are "closely monitoring developments." Also, official partner Cadbury will not feature him on their marking products.

Man Utd have also confirmed supporters will be allowed to exchange their shirts with Greenwood's name displayed on the back for free.

Greenwood's accuser, an 18-year-old student, first made the allegations against the player after posting photos and audio allegedly detailing her abuse claims.

Mason Greenwood
Mason Greenwood of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium on January 19, 2022 in Brentford, England. Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

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