Ferdinand raises concern with new Man Utd signing but calls for patience amid slow start

Ben Stewart
Mason Mount of Manchester United
Mason Mount of Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand has raised a concern with one of Manchester United’s new signings as Erik ten Hag’s side have struggled to get going this season.

Man Utd won their opening game of the season against Wolves, but they looked unconvincing for large spells of the game.

Tottenham then got the better of them at the weekend as Ange Postecoglou’s side claimed all three points in a 2-0 victory.

Mason Mount has come under fire of late as the 24-year-old is still trying to find his feet at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand has defended the former Chelsea midfielder but has also stated that he isn’t sure where he was brought in to play.

“We have to see where he [Mason] fits in. I don’t know where he was brought in to play yet,” Ferdinand explained on VIBE with FIVE.

Mount has started alongside Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes in midfield so far, but the midfield trio is yet to click.

While Ferdinand seemingly has some doubts about Mount, he has defended the 24-year-old: “You can’t judge a man after two games, you can’t, because there’d be players who became legends who wouldn’t have been legends if they’d been judged after two games and told to get out.

“I’m not here giving loads and loads of excuses to Mason, but that’s a fact. Look at the Chelsea team in recent years, all the players coming in, it’s hard to perform in that team because it’s so all over the place.

“The team at the moment isn’t playing well enough for individuals. The team isn’t playing well enough yet, so that comes under the manager, 100%. He’s got to get the team playing right.”

Mount isn’t the only Man Utd midfielder to come under fire of late as Jamie Carragher called out Casemiro after a sluggish start to the new campaign.

Carragher thinks that Ten Hag could have a problem in midfield this season with Casemiro already showing signs of vulnerability.

“I think they have big problems in midfield. The set-up of their midfield is not right for me. I think there are a few things wrong,” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“The manager’s set up, what he is asking them to do in terms of the profile of players, is not right.”

“This guy [Casemiro] in midfield, as we saw last Monday night and as we saw constantly on Saturday night, is being left exposed in the middle of the pitch on his own and he cannot cope.

“He has made a really poor start. I would be really worried about him going forward and the make-up of this Manchester United midfield.”

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