- Mason Greenwood has been handed his first start for Getafe in LaLiga
- The forward is on loan at the Spanish side from Manchester United
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The Manchester United loanee has been used as a substitute Getafe’s two previous matches but has been given the nod to start on the wing by manager Jose Bordalas.
Greenwood’s last start came in Man United’s 1-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford on January 22, 2022, with his inclusion in Getafe’s beginning team coming 613 days later.
His arrival in Spain has been celebrated by supporters of the club based just outside of Madrid with Greenwood showing signs of settling in as he attempts to rebuild his career after it was previously disrupted by his arrest on charges of attempted rape and assault last year.
The charges were eventually dropped by the Crown Prosecution service. United held an in-depth internal investigation following the allegations that were made against him and six months later it was mutually decided Greenwood would continue his career away from Old Trafford.
Mason Greenwood has been handed his first LaLiga start for Getafe against Athletic Club
The Manchester United loanee had previously made two appearances from the bench
Greenwood (left) was jeered by Athletic supporters during the opening exchanges of the match
Greenwood has made an instant impact in his new surroundings and was tipped to soon make his first start for the club after impressing in a 4-3 defeat against Real Sociedad last time out.
However, rival supporters have given him a discerning welcome to LaLiga with many evidently unhappy with Getafe’s decision to sign the player due to the circumstances surrounding his departure from England.
Some Osasuna supporters directed chants of ‘Greenwood die’ towards the Man United academy star during his first appearance for the club.
The Spanish Football Federation subsequently investigated the incident and Osasuna manager Jagoba Arrasate condemned the chants directed towards the player.
Greenwood made his first start 613 days after he last started for Manchester United against West Ham
His first start for Getafe was similarly met with disapproval from Athletic supporters on Wednesday with his every touch encouraging whistles during the opening exchanges of the game.
Greenwood was included in a strong Getafe side seeking to close the gap on the clubs currently competing for LaLiga’s European places.
The hosts took an early lead as left-back Yuri Berchiche struck in the 6th minute while Greenwood initially struggled to settle.
His influence on the match eventually began to grow with two attacks around the half-hour mark being orchestrated by the Bradford-born striker.