MOUNT HAS HAVE BEEN INTERESTED
Mason Mount joined Chelsea’s academy at the age of six (2005), and made his way to the first team in 2017 full of hope. Following his success at Derby County on loan, he made his breakthrough at Stamford Bridge in the 2019/20 season under manager Frank Lampard, and quickly became an important player.
Mount can play in both the traditional “No. 8” and “No. 10” roles or as a winger in a three-man attack, and can even play as a holding midfielder. He has consecutively received the Chelsea Player of the Year award in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons, and won the Champions League with the Blues under Thomas Tuchel.
But that sparkle disappeared last season. Tuchel lost his job after a bad start to the season and Chelsea fell alarmingly under Graham Potter, before Lampard returned to the fire. Chelsea finished 12th in the Premier League last season, and Mount has only three goals and two assists.
It is reported that MU made a £ 40 million offer for Mount earlier this week, but Chelsea refused. They want to sell Mount for £70m, even though the two sides are entering the final year of their contract. MU will certainly make a higher offer, but even with success, Mount is not an effective deal for the goal of winning the Premier League 2023/24.
MU’s pursuit of Mount has caused confusion. This is a good player, but not a great player. He is not someone who will bring about a change in the situation or an expert in unlocking the defence. In fact, Mount often made the wrong pass in the last third of the field.
It is no coincidence that Mount is used less and less by Chelsea. He only started 20 matches in the Premier League 2022/23, and most of them failed to make an impact when on the field. Meanwhile, MU needs players who can change the game in an instant, and Mount does not have that capacity.
Following Erik ten Hag’s career at Ajax, one will understand why he chose Mount. The Chelsea star could be a good fit for his 4-3-3 formation. Last season, MU often played in a 4-2-3-1 system, with Casemiro and Christian Eriksen deep, Bruno Fernandes taking the No. 10 position while Marcus Rashford and Antony were on the flanks. Putting Mount in that formation would be difficult.
Taking Mount instead of Eriksen would be the most reasonable, because the Danish midfielder had fallen miserably at the end of last season. However, Mount’s best qualities will be wasted in deep central midfield. He only plays at his best when he is pressed high to press the opponent, won the ball overhead and organizes a counter-attack. Mount inspired the 2021 Champions League final victory over Man City by doing exactly that.
But Ten Hag will have to change formation to ensure Mount acts as an attacking front, perhaps by switching to a three-back formation and pushing Aaron Wan-Bissaka up next to Casemiro. However, MU does not really need Mount like Declan Rice (West Ham) and Moises Caicedo (Brighton), two targets are also linked to Old Trafford this summer.
Casemiro needed a stronger midfield partner, someone with the ability to split play and control the tempo of the game from deep. Fred and Scott McTominay aren’t completely out of line, while Eriksen is on the verge of decline. If MU has this position in the summer, they will be much stronger, but unfortunately Mount is not such a person.
Who does TEN HAG NEED THE MOST?
Really, strengthening midfield wasn’t really Ten Hag’s priority. Rashford was MU’s top scorer last season with a total of 30 goals in all competitions. Bruno Fernandes has 14 goals, and Anthony Martial has 9 goals. Those are the 3 best strikers of MU. Obviously, Ten Hag is in dire need of a striker like Erling Haaland.
MU needs a striker who knows how to score because they have the ability to put the ball into the opponent’s box very well. Tottenham’s Harry Kane has long been considered a top target of MU, but recent information shows that this deal will not take place. But there are still other targets like Victor Osimhen, Randal Kolo Muani and Kasper Hojlund.
After having a suitable goalscorer, MU will need to buy a new goalkeeper. Last season, MU won the League Cup, but they could have a few more titles if the goalkeeper is not David de Gea. He had been making basic mistakes for years and couldn’t improve.
Mount was once considered irreplaceable at Chelsea, even when he wasn’t playing well. And at the international level, he is one of the first names on the list of coach Gareth Southgate since making his England debut in 2019. For a long time, Mount even dropped Jack Grealish from the squad. start.
But Mount could spell disaster at Old Trafford because his best position happens to be also that of Fernandes, who certainly wouldn’t be happy if he were to compete. The prospect of Fernandes clashing with Mount will be very dangerous, because so far, No. 8 is still MU’s most influential player in the past 3 seasons.
But if MU brings in Osimhen and goalkeeper Andre Onana, they will really have the opportunity to compete for big titles next season. And if they remain infatuated with Mason Mount, the glory days will continue to fade in the distant memory.