Mount: We Will Make the Fans Proud
Mason Mount is determined to deliver for Manchester United supporters after playing in front of the faithful for the very first time on Wednesday afternoon.
Manchester United’s recent recruit from Chelsea started the Reds’ opening pre-season friendly, against Leeds United in Oslo, and was involved in some of the team’s best creative moments during his 45-minute run-out.
In a country where his new club has traditionally had strong support, Mount admitted he was impressed by the reception the players had on arrival in the Norwegian capital and at Ullevaal Stadion where the game was staged.
“I’ve seen it first hand now,” the midfielder told MUTV when asked about the fans after our 2-0 win.
“When we turned up last night and when we turned up at the stadium today, the support has been amazing. They came out and showed up for us today and it’s amazing to see.
“This is what we want to play for and we want to make them proud.”
If it was mission accomplished off the field, in terms of engaging with the supporters in Oslo, then it was also a successful afternoon on it as senior players such as Mount, Raphael Varane, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and especially Lisando Martinez, playing their first game since being injured against Sevilla in April, clocked up valuable match minutes.
“We’ve been working very hard [in training], so it’s good to now put it into practice and play on the pitch now,” said Mount, who signed for the Reds in the same week the squad returned to Carrington.
“That first week is mostly focused on getting the legs going again, getting the distance in the legs by running. But we’ve been working on a few tactics as well, coming into this game. I’ve got a great understanding of how the manager wants to work and how the boys play.
“Now it’s about using these games to work at it more and putting it into practice when we get on the pitch. It was a good start today, a good win. As I said, it’s important to get the minutes in the legs, but it’s important to win as well and that’s what we want to do this season.
“All of us had a tough week, but it’s great to have that 45 minutes in the tank now.”
Proudly wearing the no.7 shirt, our first summer signing operated in a deeper midfield position with the likes of Hannibal roaming further forward. It was the Tunisian who got on the end of an Amad cross when Mount upped the ante with a penetrative pass out to the Ivorian on the right.
“I liked that role today,” said Mason. “Being able to drop in and get on the ball and start the play from a bit deeper, but also having that freedom to be able to get forward and get in the box.”
Referencing the moment when he dispossessed young Leeds centre-back Jeremiah Chilokoa-Mullen and clipped a shot onto the roof of the net, Mount said:
“I tried to make the runs in behind and help the press from the front. I had that chance just by starting the press.”
Mount and the other 1o starters were rested for the second half and given the opportunity to watch the younger members of Ten Hag’s 26-man travelling squad take on their Leeds counterparts.
“When the younger boys came on and played, they were amazing,” said the England international.
“They were brilliant. It was exciting for the club to see them come on and do well.” eventually.