MASON Greenwood has today arrived at court charged with attempted rape, assault and controlling and coercive behaviour.
The Man Utd striker, 21, has been held in custody for two nights after he was charged on Saturday.
Greenwood was pictured being driven into Greater Manchester Magistrates' Court today in a prison van.
Police swooped on the footballer's £15,000-a-month rented home in Trafford on Saturday.
He was held on suspicion of being in contact with his alleged victim in a breach of his bail conditions.
The Crown Prosecution then authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge the footballer.
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The alleged offences relate to one woman and are said to have taken place between December 1, 2018, and October 15, 2022.
Greenwood is accused of coercively controlling the alleged victim for almost four years and attempting to rape her on October 21, 2021.
He also allegedly assaulted her on December 12, 2021, and December 31, 2021.
Attempted rape carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted.
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The striker has been waiting to discover his fate since he was first held in January this year.
He spent three nights in custody after he was arrested at his rented home.
Greenwood was bailed on February 2 and has been keeping a relatively low profile since.
He was originally due to answer his bail on April 30 but the decision was pushed back after a court hearing in June.
At the time, the striker was suspended by Utd but still received his £75,000-a-week salary.
The club released a statement yesterday after Greenwood's charge was announced.
A spokesperson said: "Manchester United notes that criminal charges have been brought against Mason Greenwood by the Crown Prosecution Service.
"He remains suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the judicial process.”
Greenwood was removed from FIFA 22 and dropped by sponsors Nike in the wake of the allegations.
Football Manager 2022 has also confirmed he will not feature in the game.
All merchandise bearing the No11's name has been axed from the official Utd site and teammates have unfollowed him on Instagram.
Greenwood’s promising domestic and international career remains in jeopardy.
He last played for the Red Devils on January 22 when the team beat West Ham 1-0.
The player joined the team aged just six and rose through the ranks to land himself a regular spot on the first team.
In 2019, he became the youngest footballer to play for Utd in the Champions League when he took to the pitch aged 17.
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Greenwood has made 129 appearances in total for the Red Devils and netted 35 goals.
In 2020, England manager Gareth Southgate gave the striker his first cap when Greenwood came off the bench in a 1-0 win against Iceland.
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