Erik ten Hag has insisted he has not modified his opinion of summer time signing Mason Mount, regardless of the midfielder seeing restricted minutes for Manchester United in current weeks.
United lured Mount away from Chelsea in a £60m deal throughout the summer time and the 24-year-old began the group’s first two Premier League video games earlier than taking place with an harm which stored him out of motion for near a month.
Since returning, Mount has began simply considered one of United’s final six video games throughout all competitions, whereas he’s additionally nonetheless ready for his first objective. As a substitute, Ten Hag has turned to the likes of Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen forward of Mount.
Requested about Mount’s place within the group, Ten Hag insisted his religion within the former Chelsea midfielder has not disappeared however challenged Mount to show he deserves to get again into the beginning lineup after his harm.
“No. Hasn’t modified in any respect,” Ten Hag mentioned of his opinion of Mount. “He began the season, then he acquired injured, it is the worst second for a brand new participant to get injured as a result of it stops the reintegration course of and that was undoubtedly a setback for somebody like him. And now he has to search out his place again.
“He had some begins, additionally not too long ago, final week towards Newcastle, as an illustration. However there are all the time causes and typically the harm, then different gamers coming in doing effectively, you need to wait on your time to play.”
One dilemma for Mount has been simply how he matches into Ten Hag’s system. The 24-year-old has usually performed in a pivot on the base of United’s midfield, the place he has struggled to affect proceedings.
Each McTominay and Eriksen have seen extra minutes in that deeper function not too long ago, whereas Mount’s substitute appearances have come additional ahead as he seeks to discover a approach again into Ten Hag’s beginning lineup.
Mount was omitted of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the second worldwide window in a row earlier this week.
Whereas Southgate didn’t immediately focus on Mount’s omission, he insisted that the door stays “100% open” to these gamers who didn’t make the newest squad, arguing England are in such good kind that it has been unattainable to drop anyone from his present group.