“Get a drop”- Erik ten Hag to manage Manchester United ace’s minutes following injury return

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag to use game management to ease in Mason Mount

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag spoke to Sky Sports about Mason Mount and his impressive performance against Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils registered a resounding 3-0 victory over the Eagles in the Carabao Cup third round at Old Trafford. United’s summer signing Mount delivered an impressive performance for the home team before his half-time substitution.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag to use game management to ease in Mason Mount .
Manchester United player Mason Mount returned from a long injury lay-off against Crystal Palace. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ten Hag spoke to Sky Sports after the game, elucidating the reason for Mount’s substitution despite his imposing performance. He said:

“He’s returning from an injury and we have to build this up. Go too quickly and you get a drop, we want to avoid that. I think his performance was very good.”

United signed Mount from Chelsea for an initial £55m during the summer transfer window. The Englishman’s ability to cover the distance with energy and playmaking quality fits the profile that Ten Hag desired.

The 24-year-old returned to action against Palace after sustaining an injury in United’s 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur on 19th August.

The former Chelsea midfielder’s absence played a factor in United’s terrible start to the season as the injury crisis arose.

Fans and pundits sternly criticized United’s midfield for its perceived lack of energy, as the opponents easily bypassed them in several losses.

The Red Devil’s win against Palace was crucial as United registered two consecutive wins for the first time this season.

Mount showcased his impressive playmaking during the first half as the Englishman was the architect for the United’s first goal. The England international bagged himself an assist through a corner kick that found his midfield partner, Casemiro.

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We think Ten Hag’s game management for Mount is the correct way to bring the player back to full fitness. The 24-year-old impressed the Old Trafford faithful with his performance and with fitness, he can repeat that consistently.