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Mason Mount makes his mark: Lessons from Manchester United’s victory

Manchester United defeated former rival Leeds United 2-0 at the Ullevaal Stadion in wet Oslo as they resumed play after the summer vacation.

Mason Mount makes his mark: Lessons from Manchester United’s victory against Leeds in a friendly match.

Manchester United defeated former rival Leeds United 2-0 at the Ullevaal Stadion in wet Oslo as they resumed play after the summer vacation.

While new Leeds manager Daniel Farke opted for a more equitable mix of first-teamers and youngsters throughout the game, Erik ten Hag fielded a stronger lineup in the opening half, giving £60 million newcomer Mason Mount his debut.
With goals in the second half from Noam Emeran and Joe Hugill, United’s youth made sure Ten Hag started off on the right foot. Mail Sport looks at some of the lessons we took away from the first preseason match.
Mt. is the man,
Before the game began, Erik ten Hag spoke to the crowd about what Mason Mount can offer to United, and on the whole, the recent Chelsea acquisition succeeded.
Ten Hag remarked, “He wants to be fully functional and multifaceted.” When you play in the middle of the field, you must both attack and defend.We need more dynamic play in the midfield, and I’m confident he will add some to our game. That was one of our evaluations or conclusions from last season.
Fans could see what to expect this season because Mount was seldom far from the action. He played in the defensive midfield pivot alongside Kobbie Mainoo but wasn’t restricted in any way as he got forward at every opportunity.

 

Mason Mount makes his mark:

 

In the 10th minute, as the ball was pinging around a crowded midfield, he was very eager to get the ball forward quickly. The best opportunity for United in the first half came as a result of Mount’s ability to see over the crowd of bodies and pinball a superb pass out to Amad Diallo on the right.
With goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson left adrift, Mount created another excellent opportunity for himself by dispossessing Jeremiah Mullen and floating a 40-yard chip just over the bar.
That best described the 24-year-old’s contribution: he led the defensive push while always trying to gain the upper hand. inflicting a clever foul on Leeds’ Luis Sinisterra on the edge of the box after one minute, pinging early balls forward from deep the next.

Mason Mount makes his mark:

Next year, Bruno Fernandes and Mount are likely to split the set-piece duties for United. Mount also took all of those shots. This time around it didn’t go so well, but perhaps his teammates and he can come to an understanding during preseason.

 

IT’S BACK, THE BUTCHER
Who knows how United’s season would have gone out if Lisandro Martinez had finished the game rather than sitting out the final 12 due to a fractured metatarsal.
Would they have fallen to Manchester City in the FA Cup final or to Sevilla in the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal matchup? We’ll never know, but the Argentine World Cup champion’s influence to United in his first year at Old Trafford was undeniable.
Martinez was a major loss, and his return to action here in Oslo was a wonderful sight for United fans. Victor Lindelof filled in excellently towards the end of the season, but Martinez was a huge loss.

He spent 45 minutes in central defence alongside Raphael Varane, but Leeds’ first-half threat wasn’t really enough to bother United’s starting two.
Martinez did behave in two instances in class, though. The pressure was on United’s No. 6 when Klaesson blasted the ball forward and Georginio Rutter chased for it because United custodian Tom Heaton was already on the edge of his area. Before passing the ball back to Heaton, Martinez let the ball descend and controlled it with one deft touch.

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Before halftime, Leeds threatened to score against the flow of play on a breakaway, but Martinez read the play correctly and stopped Sinisterra’s cross in its tracks.

 

HEATON, SWEEPER KEEPER
Heaton didn’t have a lot of work to do, but United’s No. 2 custodian channelled his inner Andre Onana by sprinting out of his goal after Rutter lost possession of the ball in the first four minutes and handing it off securely to a teammate.
It was typical Onana, who United wants to take over for David de Gea in goal because of his penchant for exiting his box with the ball at his feet.

Ten Hag is eager to reunite with his former Ajax goalie, and negotiations between United and Inter Milan for Onana are thought to be far along.

However, Heaton’s contract has also been extended by United, and the seasoned custodian didn’t miss a beat, making an easy save from Sam Greenwood just before halftime. For the second half, Matej Kovar took over and performed admirably to preserve the clean sheet.

PRIMARY QUESTION
Before the new season begins, the captaincy issue needs to be resolved, but with Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire both missing from the United team in Oslo, we are still no closer to finding the solution.
Raphael Varane started for United at the Ullevaal Stadion, but if Ten Hag decides to replace Maguire as captain after this season, Fernandes would be the front-runner.

Even though he only participated in a limited number of games and Fernandes served as captain the majority of the time last season, Maguire retained his position as the official club captain.
Fernandes would be the logical replacement for Maguire, who faces an uncertain future at United and is unlikely to be a regular starter even if he stays.

KIDS ARE OKAY
Like most preseason contests, this one provided some United’s young players with a chance to shine. Hannibal Majbri, Kobbie Mainoo, and Amad Diallo all started the game and participated for the first 45 minutes.
The current United Young Player of the Year, Mainoo, is a player with the strength and poise to play in the centre of midfield and was great during his time on the field. On the right wing, Amad presented Leo Hjelde with a number of opportunities and was a great challenge.

 

Mejbri was uncharacteristically aggressive and received a card, but his perseverance prevented Ian Poveda from scoring very immediately and gave Jadon Sancho the best opportunity to win the game.
However, it was noteworthy that United, who had a weaker team in the second half, won the match with two goals scored by a team with an average age of 19.7 years.
Hugill scored in the 80th minute to give Ten Hag’s team a winning start to the preseason after Isak Hanson set up Emeran’s goal in the 67th minute.

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