Mason Mount’s substitution in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace was pre-planned, and not due to any injury, manager Erik ten Hag has said.
The England international played his first game for over a month in the Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday night before being replaced by Victor Lindelof at half-time.
Fans on X were concerned when Mount didn’t enter the pitch for the second half, but they are pleased that he didn’t suffer a recurrence of the hamstring problem that kept him out since the defeat to Tottenham:
That’s such a relief, genuinely feared the worst for a moment when he got subbed at half time!
— Jamie 🔴 (@jamiecs21) September 26, 2023
— Kobi (@UTDKobi) September 26, 2023
Probs means he’s starting at the weekend
— Sammie (@SanchoEra25) September 26, 2023
We are easing in Money Mase back to full fitness.
— Kenny 🇿🇦 (@Llekamania_) September 26, 2023
Glad is not an injury scare
— Midax (@_Midax) September 26, 2023
Oh, thank God.
— The Bad Frank (@BadFrank_) September 26, 2023
He's now fully fit in
We got a good decent player
— Oluwabori Gdw🇳🇬®️ (@Oluwaborigdw) September 26, 2023
Despite being sidelined for quite some time, there was no sign of ring-rustiness from the former Chelsea player against the Eagles.
Mount was lively on the ball and linking up play with his teammates. He provided a neat through ball for Facundo Pellistri who could have scored if he had gotten his shot away earlier.
Shortly afterwards, Mount got his first assist for United, delivering the corner for Casemiro to head the ball home.
Could Mount start for United against Palace this weekend?
The fact that the 24-year-old was only given 45 minutes in midweek suggests that ten Hag wants him to play some part in the league game on Saturday.
Whether Mount has the match fitness to start for the second time in 4 days, though, we shall have to wait and see.