Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha questioned why Mason Mount faced less criticism than Marcus Rashford and Antony
Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha has raised concerns about the insufficient criticism directed towards Mason Mount this season. Despite the high price United paid for him, the Frenchman remains unimpressed with the 24-year-old’s contribution.
Many fans and football experts have criticized senior team players for their poor individual performances. Critics have dissected the flaws and weaknesses of senior team players such as Marcus Rashford, Casemiro and Antony.
Since breaking into the first team, Rashford’s inconsistencies have thoroughly justified many of these criticisms. Whereas, Antony and Casemiro joined the Red Devils last season and failed to live up to their high price tag.
Mount has managed to complete just one game for the Red Devils in all competitions this season. The 24-year-old played the whole Carabao Cup game against Newcastle United which saw the club crashing out of the competition.
United lost 0-3 against the Magpies at Old Trafford despite dominating the possession as Mount played in the midfield. However, the Englishman failed to create any threat as Newcastle easily kept United’s attack at bay.
On the other hand, the Magpies carved the home team’s midfield and defence in the counter-attack. Newcastle’s fullback Tino Livramento easily shrugged off Mount, humiliating him, and provided an assist for their first goal.
“Mason Mount should be a big player for Manchester United like Marcus Rashford or Antony, so I don’t understand why those two get the intense criticism but Mason doesn’t when he’s not performing at all. He’s not scoring goals; he’s not assisting and nobody’s speaking about it. I just don’t understand it.”
United secured Mount from Chelsea for an initial £55 million, with the potential to increase to £60 million based on success and appearances. He departed the London club after an 18-year stint, progressing through Chelsea’s academy into the senior team.
Against Tottenham Hotspur, Mount sustained an injury after featuring in United’s initial two games this season. United boss Erik ten Hag positioned Mount in a deeper role, unlike his attacking role at Chelsea.
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The Dutchman signed the England international as he matched the profile Ten Hag desired. Mount’s renowned capability to cover distances and create chances aligns with the sought-after profile.
The 24-year-old fell down the pecking order despite returning from injury after the September international break. Mount has seen limited pitch time, mostly appearing as a substitute for shorter durations. The England international needs to prove his worth and earn his way back into the starting eleven. As things stand, Saha’s assessment of Mount are correct but he should take it constructively and live up to the legendary number 7 jersey he picked.