Fabrizio Romano sets record straight on Man Utd plans for Mason Greenwood

12 Mar 2024

Amid strong claims about a transfer to a European giant and being banished from next season’s pre-season tour, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has dropped a critical update on the future of Mason Greenwood at Manchester United.
Greenwood, 22, was loaned out to LaLiga side Getafe ahead of the 2023/24 campaign. The lively forward was initially eased in, though a series of devastating performances since building up his form and fitness have set pulses racing.

The left-footer has scored six goals and provided five assists in 23 LaLiga matches. He now regularly completes the full 90 minutes and his vital contributions have helped to push Getafe 13 points clear of the relegation zone.
The obvious question Man Utd fans will have is does Greenwood have a future back at Old Trafford when his loan spell concludes?
Indeed, with United expected to sell big-money flop Antony, a spot in the forward line – and on the right wing especially – could be vacated.
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United did explore reintegrating Greenwood back into their ranks last summer. However, an overwhelmingly negative response to the idea prompted the club to perform a U-turn and sanction a loan spell away.
There has been rampant speculation Greenwood will be transfer-listed ahead of the summer window and if suitable offers are received, United will cash in.
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Backing up those claims, the Daily Star recently stated Greenwood would be left off United’s pre-season tour of the USA.
That would signal once and for all that Greenwood has no future at Old Trafford and would also help to facilitate a transfer away.
Reports then emerged of Borussia Dortmund plotting a loan with an option to buy proposal. Such a move would likely mean current Man Utd loanee, Jadon Sancho, won’t be signed outright by Dortmund.
Now, trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has weighed in with an update of his own on Greenwood.
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Door not yet closed, but writing on the wall

Taking to X, Romano poured cold water on claims Greenwood’s fate is already sealed. Per the reporter, a “final decision” is still to be made.
That would appear to leave the door ajar for Greenwood to come back in from the cold at United. With Sir Jim Ratcliffe ushering in a new era, Greenwood may also get a fresh start back at Old Trafford too.

However, Romano went on to suggest that as it stands, the likeliest outcome is Greenwood WILL be sold – assuming suitable offers are received, of course.
“Man Utd have not made final decision yet about Mason Greenwood but [the] feeling is that [the] club will be ready to consider proposals in case of permanent transfer bids,” wrote Romano.
“Man Utd could cash in on Greenwood this summer, [they’re] waiting for INEOS verdict after internal talks.”
On the subject of where Greenwood might wind up if he is shown the door, TEAMtalk has compiled a list of every team who’ve shown interest, including three of the biggest clubs in the world…
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Gallagher says referee ignored ‘easy’ decision to award Liverpool penalty after Doku ‘high boot’

Professional fence-sitter and former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has basically admitted that Liverpool should have had a last-minute penalty against Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp was left incensed after his side were not awarded a penalty deep into stoppage time when Jeremy Doku appeared to land a high boot on Alexis Mac Allister’s chest.

Jurgen Klopp: ‘It’s a penalty and if you disagree you’re not a football fan’
Speaking after the match, the Reds manager let his feelings known to Sky Sports‘ Patrick Davidson, who told Klopp he was not surprised to see VAR send referee Michael Oliver to the pitchside monitor.
“Isn’t it [VAR] there for just making the right decision and not thinking how high a bar you have to overcome to find the right decision?” Klopp said during a post-match interview on Sky.
“This situation, in all positions on the pitch, is 100 per cent a foul. It’s 100 per cent a foul and a yellow card. Because he hit the ball, yes.
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“But he could only hit the ball because his foot is right there [high up]. And yes, he hit the ball. But if the ball is not there, he kills him [Mac Allister]. That’s how it is, it’s as easy as that.
“You will find people [who will say it’s not a penalty]. You employed Mike Dean, is he working for Sky? Congratulations that’s a great appointment by the way. He will find something and all the others as well.
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“It’s a penalty for all football people. It’s a penalty for people, if you think it’s not one then maybe you’re not a football fan.”

Dermot Gallagher: ‘Easy’ decision to award Liverpool a penalty

Speaking on Monday, former Premier League referee Gallagher had his say on the Sky Sports News segment Ref Watch.
Gallagher admitted that it would have been “easy” for Oliver to penalise Doku for his high boot on Mac Allister, but managed to say so while sitting on the fence and defending the referee.
“I think it’s easy to give it,” he said. “I’m surprised this morning as there’s a pretty wide split from people saying penalty or no penalty.
“I’m trying to be fair, but, for the referee, it’s a big, big call and whichever way he jumps you’ll be showing that this morning and we’ll still be arguing it this morning.
“In fairness to him, he made a decision very quickly – he’s played the ball. He made his decision based on what he saw.
“I was fair as fair can be, I told you what the referee saw; I think if a player goes that high with a boot and lands on his chest, for me, it’s easy to give that as a penalty.”
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Mark Clattenburg disagrees with Mike Dean and slams VAR after Liverpool denied penalty

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has admitted Liverpool should have been awarded a last-gasp penalty during their 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Saturday.
Liverpool were incensed after Alexis Mac Allister went down inside the box in the 98th minute. The Argentine appeared to be caught in the chest by Jeremy Doku, who got some of the ball but followed through into Mac Allister as the Reds midfielder went down clutching his upper body.

Referee Michael Oliver waved away appeals and VAR official Stuart Atwell did not overturn the decision for a clear and obvious error. Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool were robbed of a stonewall penalty, while Mike Dean explained why the officiating team may have decided it wasn't a spot kick.
Dean told Sky Sports: "I think he's touched the ball Doku but with the follow through he's caught him right in the chest. I think it could be a penalty. It's a massive decision by the VAR. Tiny touch on the ball, but the follow through has caught him on the ribcage.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Stuart sent him to the screen. Check's complete. Obviously played the ball first and the follow through same as I'm guessing a normal coming together. He's very, very fortunate in my opinion there Doku."
Now, Clattenburg, who was appointed as a referees' consultant at Nottingham Forest last month, has weighed in with his opinion. The 48-year-old is insistent that the Reds were unfortunate not to be given a spot-kick and has since slammed VAR and the officials for not spotting the mistake.
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Speaking in his Daily Mail column, Clattenburg said: "Liverpool should have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty against Manchester City but this is the problem in the Premier League right now – referees are making mistakes in matches and not being helped by their VARs."
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Jeremy Doku's challenge on Alexis Mac Allister
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He added: "Outside of the box, this would have resulted in a free-kick, every day of the week. Just because it happened inside the box does not suddenly transform it into a clean challenge when Mac Allister might be left playing connect the dots on his chest on Monday morning.

"Regardless of the magnitude of the match and the fact it happened in the 98th minute, this was an incident worthy of a penalty."
Clattenburg also highlighted the frustration that despite Oliver not giving the penalty, Atwell didn't even suggest the referee to look at his pitch-side monitor.
He continued: "This is where the frustration lies – we have seen similar incidents this weekend where Stockley Park should have told their colleagues on the ground that they had missed a penalty or a red card but didn't."
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Liverpool draw up ‘final list’ to take over from Klopp if they fail to land Alonso

Liverpool have drawn up their ‘final list’ of potential new managers if they miss out on top target Xabi Alonso, according to reports.
The Reds are on the lookout for a new manager after Jurgen Klopp announced earlier this year that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Still unclear whether Xabi Alonso wants to join Liverpool

Bayer Leverkusen boss Alonso has emerged as the favourite with the bookmakers to take over at Anfield, while numerous other names have been floated.
Alonso has guided Leverkusen to the top of the Bundesliga in impressive fashion with the unbeaten Germans currently ten points ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich.
There have been contrasting reports over the last few weeks with one claiming Liverpool are his ‘clear preference’ while another insisted that the Spaniard wants to move to Bayern Munich over the Reds.
And now Spanish publication Fichajes claims that Liverpool have got their ‘final list’ of candidates to replace Klopp in case Alonso decides to snub their interest.
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Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi, Germany’s Julian Nagelsmann and Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim are the three alternatives to Alonso this summer.
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Liverpool ‘still remain hopeful of securing the services of’ Alonso in the summer but the Spanish website’s sources ‘suggest that Alonso prefers to join Bayern Munich rather than return to Anfield’.
Another Spanish publication, Nacional, insist that Liverpool are promising to attempt to sign Leny Yoro – who has been heavily linked with Manchester United – from Lille with the young centre-back Alonso’s ‘number one request’ as the Reds try to tempt him back to Anfield.

‘No chance’ Jurgen Klopp not speaking to Germany

There have been rumours that Klopp could go into management again with the Germany national team but transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has rejected that he is talking to the German FA and touched on a number of Liverpool subjects.
Romano wrote in his Caught Offside column: “It was a fantastic game between Liverpool and Manchester City, as expected. Obviously a lot of people are saying the draw is a good result for Arsenal, but I still believe title race will see all three teams involved until the final games.

“This looks like being an insane race, with just one point separating the top three. Credit to Liverpool, who were fantastic even with many players out, but also Man City were able to resist in a difficult game at Anfield. As for Arsenal, they showed good character to win the game late on against Brentford, and I expect them to be there.
“We inevitably keep hearing more speculation about Jurgen Klopp’s future after he leaves Liverpool this summer, with some rumours about the German national team job for 2026. The only thing I know for sure right now is that Klopp is not intending to speak to any club or national team now – no chance.
“Germany have Julian Nagelsmann now, a top coach, so their full focus on the Euros and we will see after that. But for sure Klopp won’t negotiate anything now or this summer, no way.
“I can also guarantee no decision has been made on Fabio Carvalho’s future, and talks have not even started. Hull are super happy with the player since signing him on loan, but I’m sure this is not something you decide now; also Liverpool are still waiting for new director, new manager…so there are too many factors before deciding on the player’s future, it will take time.”

Ten Hag sack: Man Utd boss called ‘desperate’ and ‘deluded’ and told how Champions League qualification could speed up axing

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been branded ‘desperate’ and warned he could ironically speed up his departure at Old Trafford by meeting his objectives and securing Champions League for next season, it has been astonishingly been revealed.
The Dutchman enjoyed a progressive first season at the helm, leading Manchester United to third place in the Premier League as well as reaching the finals of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, the latter of which he won to deliver the Red Devils a first piece of silverware in six seasons. However, little has gone right during his second season at the helm, to leave Ten Hag as a man under intense pressure.
Indeed, with new minority shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe setting a high bar and outlining his determination to knock Liverpool and Manchester City off their perch, it feels like the British business is in a hurry to re-establish United back among the English and European elite.
To that end, a number of high-profile moves behind the scenes have been made with Omar Berrada brought in as chief executive, with Dan Ashworth and potentially even Dougie Freedman to follow in sporting director and head of recruitment roles, respectively.
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However, the biggest change could come on the managerial front with speculation over Ten Hag’s future remain as high as ever.
Indeed, talk that he is facing the sack has been doing the rounds since the autumn and in the midst of their disastrous Champions League campaign. Salvation could arrive if United are to achieve a top-four finish once again and return to the competition.
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I think the lads very cool transferred to the game

Ratcliffe plans to sack Ten Hag at Man Utd revealed

However, an embarrassing run of results – that at one point had seen the club make their worst start to a season since 1930/31 – has seemingly left Ten on brink.
Indeed, TEAMtalk were the first to break the news earlier this month that many at Old Trafford feel Ten Hag is a deadman walking and that a number of leading players expect him to fall on his sword come the end of the season.
Since our exclusive article, a number of leading publications like the BBCDaily Mail and Manchester Evening News have backed up that theory, with reports intensfying that a change of manager is likely come the summer.
As a result, United are reported to have drawn up a three-man wishlist to take over as manager with one report on Saturday revealing that a current and highly-rated international coach was now very much a ‘serious contender’ to succeed Ten Hag at United.

With Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand both also expecting the axe to fall, exactly when United make their move to replace Ten Hag remains a topic of some debate.
The BBC has since revealed that the sacking of Ten Hag this summer – and one year before his deal is due to expire – will cost United a £12m payout in compensation to the 54-year-old.
And with the club also skating close to FFP limitations, it’s claimed they will need to think long and hard about any decision to axe him, especially if they also need to spend money to buy-out another boss from his current deal and/or attract them with a lucrative contract offer.
Incredibly, reports also suggests that Ten Hag’s exit could be hastened if Ten Hag achieves his objectives and qualifies for the Champions League, with United’s income and books given a significant cash boost as a result and giving INEOS the financial incentive to act.

Controversial pair hit out at Man Utd manager

Ten Hag eased the pressure somewhat on his shoulders on Saturday with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Everton which, following Aston Villa’s home thumping at the hands of Tottenham, closes the gap on the top four to eight points.
That means Ten Hag has now won 61 of his 101 matches in charge, with his 61.40% success rate certainly no bad statistic.
However, it is the 28 costly losses he has suffered in that time that see uncertainty over his position gathering pace.
His comments in the media have also not gone down well either, and now controversial pair Richard Keys and Andy Gray have turned the pressure dial up on the Dutchman, branding him ‘deluded’ and ‘desperate’.
“In the interest of ballots, he’s won 61 of 100 games, which is a better record than any previous incumbent of the chair at Manchester United…I think he’s deluded,” Keys said.
Gray added: “He certainly gives me the impression of a manager who’s searching for stats and facts that tell his fans, Manchester United fans, that it’s not as bad as we’re seeing.”

The pair then dived a little bit deeper into the stats, with Gray adding: “That’s a more interesting record, for me [31 wins and 22 defeats in 60 games]. Just above 50 per cent victories.
“But when you look at the things, goals scored [90] and goals conceded [84] are almost level. Come on… you’re Manchester United, that should not be a stat.
“In 14 games, they’ve scored three-plus, but in 13 games, they’ve conceded three-plus. Those are stats that are just damning. It can’t be anything else.”

Ten Hag branded ‘deluded’ and ‘desperate’

Gray is still critical of Ten Hag after United put in ‘one of their worst-ever performances’ against Manchester City last week, insisting both the Blues and Liverpool seem to cope fine without a plethora of injured stars themselves.
“I don’t look at facts and figures,” Gray continued. “I know what I’ve seen. I know what I saw last week. I saw one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen from Man United. Maybe the worst I’ve seen in a derby.
“And he’s putting that up because of injuries? No, they’ve got injuries, no more than Man City have had. They’ve lost Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, their best players, arguably, for long spells this season.
“They coped with it. Liverpool have played kids in a cup final. Coped with it and won it. So you can’t offer that as an excuse.
“Manchester United can’t be offering up the fact they’ve had a few injuries as a reason why they are where they are. They are where they are because I don’t think there’s a direction they’re going.
“If you ask me what style of play United play and what they are… are they a counter-pressing team?
“Are they a team that sits back and then breaks? Are they a team that plays on the front foot? I don’t know because you never see it.”
Keys concluded: “Desperate men say desperate things, and that was desperate.”
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