MASON Greenwood was poised to make his comeback at Man United last night as he intensified his training.
The suspended striker, 21, has been put through his paces by coaches as talks about his future enter the ‘final stages’.
He was pictured with a ball while his father Andrew, 53, cradled the player’s newborn daughter.
Greenwood followed the drills the United coaches had worked out for him to monitor his progress.
The Englishman, who earns £75,000 a week, has not played or trained with his team-mates since his arrest last January.
But talks at the highest level at Old Trafford are nearing completion.
Greenwood has the support of player and manager Erik ten Hag after charges of attempted rape were dropped.
A source said: “Mason is working harder than ever on the training ground.
“He is keen to return to the team as soon as possible and wants to put the last 18 months behind him.”
“Discussions about his future are in the final stages and the players and manager are behind him.”
“The only thing left to decide is whether he will return to the first team or go on a season-long loan.”
The United bosses are keen to announce a decision ahead of their first Prem game of the season against Wolves on Monday.
After becoming a father with partner Harriet Robson last month, Greenwood is reluctant to move.
Another source said: “There is talk of bringing him together with teammates so he has a support network around him.
“You want to lay him back gently and not keep him isolated.”
Fans with t-shirts bearing his name were able to swap them for free after his arrest while Nike struck a lucrative deal with him. But the CPS dropped the charges in February.