Ten Hag issues challenge to Mount

Friday 10 November 2023 13:50

Manchester United midfielder Mason Mount has been challenged to regain his starting spot by manager Erik ten Hag.

The boss appreciates the summer signing's injury came at a bad time when he was trying to impress at his new club, and he did start in the Carabao Cup clash with Newcastle United recently.

After being brought on late in the 4-3 reverse to FC Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, Mount will be hoping to be involved against Luton Town on Saturday in our last match before another international break.

"It hasn't changed at all," replied Ten Hag, when asked if his expectation when signing Mount has altered. "He started the season and then he got injured.

"That is the worst moment for a new player to get injured because it stops their integration process.

"That was a setback - for us and for him. He now has to fight his way back."

The 24-year-old will be pushing hard at Carrington to earn a place in the XI, ahead of the visit of the Hatters for the 15:00 GMT kick-off.

"He had some starts, also recently against Newcastle last week, for instance," added the manager.

"But there are always reasons and sometimes, like I say, the injury means other players coming in and doing well. Then you have to wait for your time to play."