Erik ten Hag asked about Mason Greenwood in latest press conference, sets the record straight
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Erik ten Hag has had his say on Mason Greenwood after Manchester United confirmed the player's exit following an internal investigation into his conduct.
It came after charges against the 21-year-old, including attempted rape and assault, were dropped in February.
Speaking ahead of the Red Devils' Premier League showdown against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Ten Hag was asked about Greenwood.
"Look, we are not where we want to be with our team, I have a lot of work and a lot of focus on my team, so I focus on the players who are available," he said.
"I only have statements about our performance, our squad, where we have to improve because it's clear, we have to improve. I have to put every effort in to get the team to perform."
Man United resume their league campaign tomorrow following their crushing 2-0 defeat at Tottenham last weekend.
And ahead of taking on Forest at Old Trafford, Ten Hag has been dealt a series of injury blows, with Mason Mount and Luke Shaw picking up injuries.
On the injury crisis, he said: "That is the situation, it's normal, top football, you got to the limits, injuries coming up, always disappointing but you have to deal with it and construct a squad. And deal with it."
Rasmus Hojlund is also not ready for the game against Forest, but the £72 million striker could feature soon, having been involved in team training today.
"Not for tomorrow. [He's] near," he said. "Today, for the first time, he came into team training so next week we expect him to do a full week of team training so he is near to the squad."
The Dutch boss also commented on Casemiro, who has come under fire for his recent showings.
"If you see the numbers, you see he's [Casemiro] fully fit," he added. "I have no doubts they can do it. After 35 mins against Spurs he didn't do it anymore and we were first across the rank of fitness."
Ten Hag will be without several first-team players when his side face Steve Cooper's team. How will they fare? Let us know.