Man Utd Manager Opens Up About Situation at Club After Mason Greenwood's Arrest
© AP Photo / Jens MeyerFILE - Leipzig's head coach Ralf Rangnick celebrates during the German Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg in Leipzig, Germany, on April 27, 2019
© AP Photo / Jens Meyer
Rangnick said that they “had a good normal week of training with five training sessions," noting that the situation with Greenwood “was a topic within the team."
Speaking for the first time since Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood was arrested on suspicion of rape and assault, the team's interim manager Ralf Rangnick said that the player's arrest has had an impact on other team members, the Daily Star reports.
Greenwood was apprehended by Greater Manchester Police on Sunday after allegations were made against him, and was “further arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of threats to kill and sexual assault,” as the newspaper puts it.
"In fact, we had a good normal week of training with five training sessions including today's training, obviously it was a topic within the team but they're human beings and Mason was part of the group before we had our break,” Rangnick said.
He also confirmed that, “in a way,” Greenwood's arrest and suspension from first-team training and matches affected the situation with Jesse Lingard not going out on a loan, though Rangnick added that the board told him “they couldn't find an agreement with any clubs interested in him."
"With the window closing Monday evening the board informed me they would rather he stay, so I could understand and accept,” he said. "It was two things. We had a problem with Mason Greenwood and being without a player for the time being who hasn't played in weeks and the club not finding an agreement with another club."
Following Greenwood's arrest on Tuesday, Man Utd issued a statement saying the club “reiterates its strong condemnation of violence of any kind."
"As previously communicated, Mason Greenwood will not train with, or play for, the club until further notice," the club said.