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Louis Saha urges INEOS to give Man United player a “fresh start” with a big opportunity



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Louis Saha has urged Manchester United’s new co-owners INEOS to provide one player with a “fresh start” at Old Trafford after difficulties this season.

Saha, 45, spent four years at United after his move from Fulham in 2004. The former striker won two Premier League titles and the Champions League whilst with the club.

Sir Alex Ferguson was extremely interested in signing the centre-forward after a performance against United in the FA Cup in 2001. It took three years before the Scotsman got his man.

Another player who was greatly wanted by a United manager and moved from a London-based side was Mason Mount. He completed his £55 million transfer from Chelsea last summer.

Mount, 25, has experienced struggles at the club so far, with Erik ten Hag’s new midfielder spending much of his debut campaign on the treatment table with various long-term injuries.

The England midfielder returned from a four-month setback last time out against Liverpool. He came on in extra-time when United secured their place in the next round via an Amad Diallo 121st-minute winning goal.

Saha, speaking to Betfred about the United midfielder, has expressed his hopes that Sir Jim Ratcliffe and the INEOS ownership are able to offer Mount a “fresh start” at the club and that he has been able to find different ways to benefit the team while he’s been out of action.

“I really hope it’s a fresh start for him because injuries are never easy to deal with because, mentally and physically, you need to do a lot of hard work to get yourself ready and fit,” said Saha.

“He needs to prove again that he’s a top player and there’s hope for him because when you’re coming back into a team that’s feeling more confident, then it’s an easier environment to return to. 

“Whilst he was on the sidelines, Mason’s had the chance to observe what Manchester United have been missing in their game and pinpoint areas where he can contribute. That’s why you need to work hard mentally when you’re out injured because you need to find a way to benefit your teammates and your manager. 

“This is a big opportunity for him and he needs to do his best for the club because he’s got a lot of pressure on him to succeed at Manchester United.

“We’re all excited to see him back playing for the club because he’s got the potential to be a very important player for Manchester United and that’s what we’re all looking for.”