Mason Greenwood has privately met with some members of the Manchester United squad, according to a new report in The Sun.
It was revealed at the start of this month that all of the charges against Greenwood have been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The charges against Greenwood included attempted rape and assault but criminal proceedings against the 21-year-old have been discontinued.
A spokesperson for the CPS said: “We have a duty to keep cases under continuous review.
“In this case, a combination of the withdrawal of key witnesses and new material that came to light meant there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction. 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.”
Man Utd are now going to hold their own internal investigation before deciding whether Greenwood will play for the club again.
Greenwood is said – by The Sun – to have met up with United players he has known from his days in the Manchester United academy.
A source said: “He’s reached out to some of the United players, some of them he’s known since his academy days. They’ve met up with him in private to hear him out so they can make their own mind up.”
Another source is quoted as saying: “There is a level of sympathy for someone who is innocent in the eyes of the law and a long-standing teammate.
“But the players are absolutely focused on keeping this juggernaut on the road.”
Greenwood is also said to have contacted some of the club’s more senior players, including some who are older and married with children, who are probably rather less likely to welcome him back into the fold.
There have been reports that the Manchester United’s women’s team have understandable reservations about sharing a training ground with Greenwood.
Ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan recently argued that Man Utd could argue that Greenwood is “bringing the club into disrepute”.
“Manchester United, in my view, would be within their gift to be able to consider this as bringing the club into disrepute,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
“From a club point of view I would be looking at, is this behaviour – the nature of an arrest, with the allegations made against him – befitting of a Man United player?
“With that in mind I would have two options: Do I look at it as reputational damage that takes him out of his contract with an immediate dismissal – which opens me up to a situation where people might suggest I’ve wrongfully dismissed somebody?”