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Why 25-year-old Man United star has to finish 2023/24 season strongly to silence the doubters – opinion

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Mason Mount simply has to finish his debut Man United season well after an injury-ridden start.

Last summer, Manchester United made a couple of major transfer splashes. The first was Mason Mount, with Erik ten Hag pushing hard to sign the England international from Chelsea.

Mount was signed with the intention of transforming the midfield. Ironically, he hasn’t done that but Kobbie Mainoo has. The Reds’ new number seven has had a brutal debut campaign, largely due to injuries.

A stop-start season hasn’t allowed Mount to find any consistency. He comes back, plays a few games, builds up the fitness, then picks up another injury. That has happened three times.

Sadly, as a result, the pressure has ramped up. Some fans were already questioning the signing. No doubt they’re even further against it now. Some supporters are starting to swing that way. It’s hard not to when you spend £60million on someone who has struggled to say fit.

However, the great thing about football? There’s always another chance. Mount is back fit now. He came off the bench against Liverpool and it was absolutely superb to see him out there after making his training return last week.

In terms of stylistic fit, Mount feels like the ideal player for this Ten Hag system. The Dutch gaffer signed the Englishman for his pressing ability, on-ball quality, energy and sheer talent. We’re yet to see it.

Mount now has ten Premier League games and potentially a couple of cup matches to end out this campaign strongly, and it’s vital that the 25-year-old does exactly that to silence the ever-growing doubts about his addition to the squad.

First and foremost, Mount doesn’t want to get left behind. The emergence of Kobbie Mainoo hasn’t helped Mount, with the youngster now among the first names on the team-sheet. Factor in Bruno Fernandes’ consistent inclusion in midfield and suddenly, there’s only one spot left in the engine room…

I’d personally give it to Mount, pushing Mainoo back into a deeper role, though Casemiro will no doubt have his say, while Christian Eriksen and Scott McTominay are both strong contenders for regular minutes, too.

So good to see Mason Mount back out there on Sunday. Still believe he’s going to be massive for us. Just needs a good run of games to put the injuries behind him. 🙌🙏 #mufc pic.twitter.com/bOKJ2T04Tp

— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) March 20, 2024

The good news for Mount? He’s a Ten Hag signing. The boss clearly sees a vision for Mount within this side and that’ll always give him that little edge in a direct race against the likes of Scotty Mac. The hefty price tag also becomes a factor. Bosses aren’t going to be happy if a recent big-money signing isn’t being given the chances to start…

Another bonus is that Eriksen is likely leaving. He’s not best-pleased with his playing time at the moment which is more than fair. That’s before Mount’s return from injury, too. You’d imagine the Dane already has one foot out of the exit door. Factor in Casemiro’s age and suddenly, Mount has an opening, it’s up to him to leap through it.

When all is said and done, this should be just a blip for Mount. He’s a class player who I fully back to turn this around. He’s a defiant young man who will not want to be remembered in a negative light here in Manchester. I genuinely reckon he’ll prove his worth and show that this was an excellent piece of business.

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