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Mason Mount gives Erik ten Hag selection headache after Man United role claim



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Mason Mount is close to returning from injury for Manchester United, but his availability could give Erik ten Hag a selection headache in his midfield.

The United midfielder was signed in the summer transfer window from Chelsea but has missed most of the season so far through injury.

In that time, Kobbie Mainoo has emerged as the primary option for Ten Hag in the no.8 role at Old Trafford after the youngster initially appeared as the deepest midfielder in his first few games.

Now, with Mount set to return to action soon, Ten Hag has a slight problem on his hands, since the England international has explained the role which he believes is best for him.

“I’ve always seen myself as a midfielder, a no.8 that can obviously get forward, attack, try and score goals, create goals,” he explained shortly after joining United. “But also be able to do the other side as well and defend and help the team when we’re under pressure.

“And that’s obviously a massive focus of mine, being able to come here and and help the boys in that situation. And I know what I can bring to this team.”

Of course, Casemiro’s form this term has been questionable, but Ten Hag would also be wary about a midfield duo of Mount and Mainoo considering the difficulties faced in defensive transitions. Bruno Fernandes has also been overplayed and Mount could offer a solution there.

The Dutchman needs to find a role for Mount when he returns. The midfielder added a lot of value to the team in the short period of fitness he had earlier in the season, but that was before Mainoo emerged into the team.

Mount’s flexibility could also come into play, with the 25-year-old having previously operated from the wings at Chelsea. United are yet to utilise him there.

Ultimately, Mount’s best position also appears to be Mainoo’s best position. Ten Hag will need to figure out whether he can fit both players in the same team; otherwise, further questions will be asked about the entire transfer.