LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) Mason Mount’s performance at Manchester United has come under fire from former Red Devils player Louis Saha due to a lack of creativity and a slow start to his career at Old Trafford.
Since his £60 million ($74 million) transfer from Chelsea in the summer, the England international has struggled to make an impact under Erik ten Hag, providing just one assist in six appearances across all competitions.
Saha believes Mount can do better and criticized his timing and impact in the attacking third.
Saha stated, “Man Utd are relying on one or two players to create, and I haven’t seen enough of Mount yet.
“His creativity is nowhere to be seen. I didn’t see any positive runs from him against Brentford.
“His timing is off, too, and he can’t make chances by playing like this. I hope that the players find their groove, and once they do, they’ll be hard to play against.
“They have the energy, and when players like Bruno Fernandes start making those passes, I’ll be more confident in Man Utd.
“I think Mount can be a lot better, but I’d say the fee was too much. I think Chelsea were playing a game with the fee, even if the market is very competitive, and a lot of players have moved for similar fees.
“I’d say, based on what we’ve seen, Mount isn’t performing, and I’ve seen Casemiro play more offensively than Mount. That’s a crazy thing to say, but it’s true.”
Saha also expressed his desire to see Manchester United make a move for Brighton’s Karou Mitoma, who has been in exceptional form this season.
Mitoma has been productive with three goals and three assists in eight Premier League appearances, leaving a mark on Ten Hag’s defenders during Brighton’s 3-1 victory at Old Trafford in September.
“I would like to see Mitoma arrive at Old Trafford,” Saha added. “He’s a very exciting player and he never seems to have any doubt on the ball.
“I love his energy and the way he plays with a smile. Mitoma is great to watch, and his attitude would be perfect for any club. Some players think too much, but Mitoma relies on instinct.
“You can tell he’s worked very hard on the training ground to achieve this, and now he’s got to a point where he looks like a natural.
“Managers know exactly what they’re going to get from Mitoma, and he’d be a strong asset to any club.”
Mount’s exclusion from the England squad for upcoming matches should serve as a wake-up call for the midfielder, and he’ll aim to show more intent when Manchester United returns to action after the international break against Sheffield United on 22 October.