Mason Mount’s Half-Time Substitution in Manchester United’s Win Over Crystal Palace was Pre-Planned
Mason Mount’s substitution at half-time during Manchester United’s 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday raised concerns, especially given his recent absence from the Red Devils’ lineup.
However, Erik ten Hag has clarified that Mount’s half-time withdrawal was part of a pre-planned strategy, alleviating fears of a new injury setback.
The £65 million summer signing, Mason Mount, made his return to action and played a crucial role in Manchester United’s comfortable 3-0 win.
He contributed significantly, initiating the move for Alejandro Garnacho’s opening goal and providing the assist for Casemiro’s goal from a corner just six minutes later.
Despite his impactful 45-minute performance, Mount was substituted at half-time.
Fortunately, Ten Hag confirmed after the match that this decision was made in advance. He explained, “He is returning from an injury, and we have to build this up.
If you go too quickly, you get a drop, and we want to avoid that.”
Ten Hag also shared his overall satisfaction with the team’s performance, stating, “It is a good night; I think we played quite well and dominated the game.
That was what we were looking for. We made a step forward at Burnley with how we defend, and today, on the ball, we made another step, and there is still a lot to come.”
Another player who made a significant contribution to the match was midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, who played a full 60 minutes during his full debut, even taking on the role of a left-back for a considerable portion of the game.
Amrabat expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance, emphasizing the importance of winning and the desire to give the fans more to enjoy.
He acknowledged that he is not currently at his best due to factors like an imperfect pre-season and a recent injury but stressed the importance of playing games to regain strength and improve.