Erik ten Hag&aposs side saw their chances of progressing into the Champions League knockout stages slim even further after twice throwing away two-goal leads to draw 3-3 at Galatasaray. Summer transfer target Hakim Ziyech scored twice and had Andre Onana to thank for both, the United goalkeeper enduring another torrid night.
But league football has brought some welcome relief to United, who are top of the form table with five wins in their last six. They face a Newcastle side with one win in four across all competitions and plagued by injuries across the pitch.
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Mason Mount has resumed outfield training but manager Ten Hag has refused to put a date on his return.
Mount has missed the last two games with a calf problem, having also missed a month of the season with a hamstring problem.
The 24-year-old has not tallied a goal or an assist from his 12 appearances since his 60million transfer from Chelsea and Mount was dropped by Ten Hag in October.
“There are players on the way back but I can&apost give a prognosis on how long it will take,” Ten Hag said. “Mason Mount today is returning on the pitch but I don&apost know how long it will take, in this moment.”
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Ten Hag has thrown his backing behind beleaguered United No.1 Onana, claiming he is the second best goalkeeper in the Premier League.
Onana was in calamitous form in United&aposs midweek 3-3 Champions League draw with Galatasaray, where he was culpable for all three goals.
The 27-year-old joined United from Inter Milan for 47.2million in the summer and Onana has started in all 20 of the club&aposs games this season. However, he is understood to be concerned about his place if he participates in the Africa Cup of Nations for Cameroon in the New Year.