Frank Lampard has warned that Mason Mount might not be a good fit in the same team as Bruno Fernandes, an accusation that was levelled at Cristiano Ronaldo during his second spell at Manchester United. The two Portugal stars played together at Old Trafford for one season before Ronaldo left for Saudi Arabia after falling out with Erik ten Hag.
Fernandes and Ronaldo were deemed incompatible by some observers, with Rio Ferdinand suggesting they ‘didn’t connect’ with each other because they both wanted to be the focal point of the team. Lampard believes that Mount may also be struggling to perform at his best alongside Fernandes, with the former Chelsea man yet to hit his stride at United.
Speaking on the Stick to Football podcast by Sky Bet, Lampard said: “The only worry I had when he went to Man United was, where do Bruno Fernandes and him fit? You’ve also got Casemiro, and I know it’s starting to develop and change away from that already as an idea, but you kind of go: where do you fit?
“And I think when you are, and this is not to dig Mason or Man United out for bringing him in, but I think when you get a player of that level for that amount of money, you’ve got to go: this is the plan. That’s what I’d want to hear, and my question would be where does he fit?”
Injuries have limited Mount to just four Premier League starts for United since joining the Red Devils in the summer. When fit, he has struggled to influence games and is yet to open his account for his new club, but Lampard is backing him to come good eventually.
Further discussing Mount’s struggles at United, he explained: “From my point of view, because I took him to Derby, he changed everything there for me really. Him and [Fikayo] Tomori and [Harry] Wilson, but Mason particularly, his level in training was a high, high level.
“Pressing brilliant, off-the-ball stuff brilliant, if you want to give him information he takes it like that. Will jump [forward to press], will recover, will jump, will recover. A great lad, good technically, very good technically, so I think he’s really high level in loads of those areas and a proper lad, as I say, you could give him anything.
“I think he’s probably suffered from a change into a bad [situation]. He’s very driven. If you drop him, his face goes straight away, he’s one of those. Not in a bad way, but he’s like: ‘I want to show you’. He will absolutely want to show you [he deserves to play], he’s very determined like that.
“I’m not just saying that because he’s my lad a bit and I’ve had a relationship on the pitch in terms of managing him, but I do think he’ll come good because of that and because of his talent.”
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