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Manchester United boss reveals why he felt ‘sorry’ for Mason Mount in Brentford draw

Erik ten Hag wishes Man United didn't concede late goal against Brentford
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Erik ten Hag wishes Man United didn’t concede late goal against Brentford

Erik ten Hag admitted in an interview to MUTV that he felt sorry for Mason Mount after the Brentford game.

The 25-year-old came off the bench on Saturday at the Gtech Community Stadium with ten minutes of regular time left to play and scored what looked like a winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time, before it was cancelled out by an even later goal from Kristoffer Ajer.

Ten Hag wishes that Mount’s goal, his first in a United shirt, ended up being the winner.

“I was so happy for him. But so sorry for him also that it wasn’t the winner. He deserved that moment of glory, maybe it was such a small moment but, for a player who came in and suffered so many injuries and worked so hard all the time, and had so many setbacks, it was so frustrating.”

“And then you think you’ve scored a winner so we were disappointed when we conceded that goal that makes it 1-1. It makes a totally different mood, as you can imagine.”

Ten Hag speaking to MUTV’s Mark Sullivan
Mount has found life hard at Old Trafford ever since arriving from Chelsea last summer. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Mount has found life hard at Old Trafford ever since arriving from Chelsea last summer. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The England international faces his boyhood club on Thursday and will hope to earn a better result for his side this time round.

Mason Mount has the right ingredients to succeed at Old Trafford

Ever since earning his chance at Chelsea under Frank Lampard, Mount has proved himself to be a capable Swiss Army knife of a midfielder, impressing every manager he has played for at both club and international levels.

Even though the high fee United paid for him last summer looks steep considering he was entering the final year of his contract, competition for his signature from Arsenal and Man City and his profile are sufficient reasons to hint at why Ten Hag would have liked to get Mount on board.

Mount has what it takes to succeed at the top. (Photo by Carl Recine - Pool/Getty Images)
Mount has what it takes to succeed at the top. (Photo by Carl Recine – Pool/Getty Images)

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Injuries have made things worse for Mount during what has been a mediocre season in general for the Red Devils, but there is no reason why he cannot turn out to be a hit at the club when deployed correctly and given consistent playing minutes.

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