Mason Greenwood: How disgraced Manchester United forward is enjoying cult status in Spain

There was plenty of fanfare as Getafe finally presented Mason Greenwood to fans of the club. (Photo Credit: Getafe/X, and Pulse Sports collage.)

FOOTBALL Mason Greenwood: How disgraced Manchester United forward is enjoying cult status in Spain

Joel Omotto 11:38 - 15.09.2023

Mason Greenwood may have been unwanted in England but in Spain, Getafe fans and the club have pulled all stops to ensure his stay is enjoyable.

Mason Greenwood has received a new lease of life following his loan move to LaLiga side Getafe from Manchester United on transfer deadline day.

According to a report by the UK’s Dailymail, the 21-year-old has not faced any hostilities in Spain in relation to the charges of attempted rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and controlling and coercive behaviour which saw his Old Trafford career come to a premature end.

The Crown Prosecution Service eventually dropped all the charges against Greenwood but he could not return to his boyhood club who opted against reintegrating him into the team, for fear of the noise that would come with it, but it appears those in Spain have welcomed him with both arms.

The report says discussions about Greenwood among Getafe supporters are about his football talent rather than his personal life with many excited by what he will potentially add to their side, who finished just two points above relegation last season and are looking for a much better run in 2023-24.

It appears they see Greenwood as the man who can take their club to those lofty heights hence the decision to embrace him.

Starting with 4,000 fans from between the 10,000 and 14,000 who watch them at the Coliseum turning up during his unveiling in what some termed as 'Masonmania' followed by an increase to over 46,600 followers on the club’s X English account, Getafe fans have taken the youngster to heart.

In the merchandise store, Greenwood’s No12 jersey is flying off the shelves as in the space of one week, they have sold more shirts with the former United man's name on than of any other player in the history of the club.

“Things in Spain are often black or white,” a Madrid-based executive told the outlet. “It's either right or it's wrong – there is never a grey area. As far as Getafe and their fans are concerned, Greenwood was not found guilty and so there is no problem – it's as simple as that.”

Getafe have already seen the positive impact of signing Mason Greenwood on loan. (Photo Credit: Getafe/X and Pulse Sports Collage)

He added: “As bad as it may sound, there is almost a fatigue with allegations of this kind.”

Greenwood’s parent club and his new employers have also gone to great lengths to protect him and ensure a flawless stay in Spain.

The player and his family have dined with the club president in a high-end steak restaurant and a translator is available 24-7. Transport for relatives to and from the airport has been arranged.

The club also does not allow questions from journalists about the allegations and Getafe staff, including the players, have been warned over the same.

Mason Greenwood
Mason Greenwood was presented to the fans on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Getafe/X)

British outlet The Sun reported early this month that United will be covering the £8,000 (Ksh1.4 million)-a-month cost of a six-bedroom villa close to Getafe’s training ground and the translator that is available 24/7 to Greenwood. This is besides covering a substantial part of his £75,000 (Ksh13.7 million)-a week wages.

Greenwood's partner Harriet Robson has been similarly taken in by the WAGs and has been on a tour of Madrid's high-end department stores.

It is a departure from the noise that had already built up in England with several protests planned had United opted to reintegrate Greenwood into Erik ten Hag’s squad.

For Getafe, they view the signing of the striker as some sort of a coup and have pulled all stops to ensure he is settled.

The onus is now on Greenwood to repay the faith by banging in the goals even if it may take some time given the rustiness he has showed in certain training sessions.