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Erik ten Hag opens up on Mason Mount problem following Man United injury setback



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Erik ten Hag has opened up on the problems that Mason Mount is currently facing after the Manchester United midfielder suffered another injury setback.

Mason Mount has missed Manchester United‘s last 14 games after suffering a calf injury in mid-November, taking the total number of games he has missed this season up to 20.

Mount signed from Chelsea for a fee of what is reported to be around £55 million, with Erik ten Hag a big admirer of the player.

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However, the Dutch manager has confirmed that Mount has, in fact, been suffering from an injury problem since the second game of the season, where he was substituted against Tottenham Hotspur.

“He was struggling from the second game of the season,” the manager said on Thursday evening. “He returned for a period and then picked up another injury, so of course that’s not great.

“That is very frustrating for him, and I really feel for him. I really want to be there for him because he had such high expectations, and I had high expectations.”

Ten Hag went on to say that he still believes Mount can be a great player for United, but that the club need to focus on getting him fit.

Mount was originally expected to be out for a month when his calf injury was first announced; however, two months later, he is still unavailable, with the club confirming last week that he is still not fit to play.

“I am sure he is a very good player for us. But, first of all, what’s now important is we have to do it very secure to get him fit. Secure in the process, step by step, don’t force it, and then hopefully by the end of the season, he can stay fit and fight his way into the team, or at least play a role in his team.”

Ten Hag added that he does not expect Mount to feature in United’s Premier League clash against West Ham United this Sunday.