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Nike Confirm Mason Greenwood Axe Despite Man Utd Striker’s Instagram Change

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Mason Greenwood has not rejoined Nike as a sponsored athlete despite the suspended Manchester United striker adding the kit manufacturer to his Instagram account.

Nike have confirmed to Mirror Football that their previous statement in relation to the 21-year-old remains applicable now. It read: “Mason Greenwood is no longer a Nike athlete.” Last Thursday, the Crown Prosecution Service said three criminal charges would no longer be pursued after “key witnesses” had withdrawn co-operation and “new material came to light.”

Greenwood had been suspended by United since the allegations surfaced in January 2022. He was subsequently charged with one count of attempted rape, a count of assault and repeatedly engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour. He had been set to face trial in November of this year.

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Greenwood’s contract at Old Trafford runs until June 2025 and United said in a statement: “Manchester United notes the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service that all charges against Mason Greenwood have been dropped. The club will now conduct its own process before determining next steps. We will not make any further comment until that process is complete.”

Following his initial arrest several of Greenwood’s sponsors, including Nike, cancelled their deals with the England international striker. He was also removed from the FIFA computer game and Football Manager series. United stopped selling all merchandise with his name and face on it and a number of team-mates unfollowed him on social media.

The CPS added: “In these circumstances, we are under a duty to stop the case. We have explained our decision to all parties. We would always encourage any potential victims to come forward and report to police and we will prosecute wherever our legal test is met.”

Greenwood, in a statement released on his behalf, said: “I am relieved this matter is now over. I would like to thank my family, loved ones and friends for their support.”

In addition to adding Nike’s account to his social media bio, Greenwood has also deleted the majority of posts from his profile with only nine pictures remaining – all of those showing him in action for United.

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He made his debut for the club during the 2018/19 campaign. He has gone on to make 129 appearances for United in the time since, scoring 35 goals. His last appearance came in a Premier League win against West Ham United at Old Trafford in January of last year – several days before his initial arrest by police in Manchester.

Last Friday United head coach Erik ten Hag refused to comment on Greenwood’s status at the club, telling reporters to refer back to the club’s statement in which they confirmed he would not make a return to training while their internal inquiry is taking place.

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