Erik ten Hag hails Mason Mount as ‘a complete midfield player’ after starring against Leeds

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has hailed summer signing Mason Mount as a complete midfielder following his impressive performance against Leeds United.

Mount played 45 minutes as United beat Leeds 2-0 at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo.  

He brought the kind of dynamism to United’s midfield that Ten Hag feels has been lacking. The 24-year-old, who joined the Red Devils for £60 this summer, led United’s press.

At one point in the game, he dispossessed Jeremiah Mullen before floating a 40-yard chip onto the roof of the net with goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson stranded. He was also able to launch United’s attacks from deep at every opportunity and produced an exquisite pass to Amad Diallo, which led to the best chance of the first half.

Although he did not score as the first half finished goalless, the former Chelsea man was more than satisfied with his first appearance in a United shirt, saying: 

“I really liked the role I was in today. Being able to drop in and build up the play from a bit deeper, but with that license to go forward and make runs into the box and be involved in more attacks.

“I like to start off the press, to give the opposition something to think about and then to combine that with an attacking threat and rhythm of our own.”

Meanwhile, Ten Hag was delighted with Mount’s contribution.

“We expected him to be comfortable,” he added.

“We know his capabilities, and he will absolutely increase the level of our team.

“I think you have already seen today what he can bring. He is a complete midfield player who suits Manchester United and can help us achieve our goals.”

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