“He did what we expected” – What fans are saying about Mason Mount’s debut

Manchester United midfielder Mason Mount at Old Trafford.

Raphael Varane scored the winning goal in Mason Mount’s Manchester United debut Reuters/Lee Smith.

Mason Mount’s competitive debut saw Manchester United win all three points and keep a clean sheet at home. Still, his midfield performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers is dividing opinion.

The visitors actually were the better side for much of the game, and if not for their forward’s indecisiveness and Andre Onana’s brilliance, Wolves would’ve at least returned to Wolverhampton with a well-deserved point from Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag’s midfield trio of Mount, Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro lacked cohesion, which opened plenty of gaps in the middle of the park for Wolves’ midfielders to exploit. Going forward, United’s attacking No 8s (Mount and Fernandes) didn’t create much either.

This has led to some fans wondering what will be Mount’s role in United’s midfield going forward.

One fan tweeted: “Still not sold on that United MF. No natural passers. Feels like too big of a gap in footballing instincts between Case and Bruno+Mount. They’ll create a lot of chances and have a lot of fun this season but when it comes to proper MF battles it’s gonna be mehh.”

Another noted: “It’s really hard to see how Utd play Mount and Fernandes in a midfield 3, they both play ahead of the ball, one misplaced pass and Utd are completely exposed. There when Utd signed Fernandes & if he could play in a 3 with Pogba. Not sure how EtH fixes that.”

“I know it’s only been 90 mins, and I know people won’t wanna accept it, but Mount was/is the wrong signing. This midfield ain’t gonna work,” a third said.

A fourth fan, however, enjoyed his performance: “Amidst all the chaos, Mason Mount has been very good lol.”

Most importantly, Ten Hag was satisfied with the former Chelsea midfielder’s display.

It’s early days, day one to be precise, for Mount. As such, it’d be best for fans and media alike to give him time to find his feet in the Dutch coach’s system.