MIKE KEEGAN: Man United have a Greenwood conundrum as they weigh up what to do with the striker
When he was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with a number of offences including attempted rape, Manchester United may well have thought they would never find themselves in this position.
The wheels of justice had started to turn, and officials at Old Trafford would have been forgiven for thinking that a judge or jury would deliver the verdict on Mason Greenwood.
Instead, that responsibility now rests on their shoulders.
Rapid answers have, perhaps understandably, not been forthcoming. As Mail Sport reports today, following the withdrawal of the CPS charges in February and with their own investigation on which so much rests still to be concluded, United execs are considering sending the 21-year-old abroad for the whole of next season. It is a solution of sorts, but a temporary one that could add another chapter to a damaging story that has now been running for a year and a half.
Should there be sympathy for the club? That, like the situation itself, is complex. To their credit, United initially acted promptly. On the same January Sunday last year that audio and video which appeared to show a woman with multiple bruises and a bloodied face was released online, they announced that they had suspended Greenwood who was arrested that same day.