Paul Scholes claims Mason Mount “hasn’t kicked on” but believes the Chelsea midfielder would benefit from a move away amid links with Manchester United.
United are among those keen on the midfielder, whose contract is winding down and will enter its last 12 months this summer.
Mount has been unable to reach an agreement with the Blues and could move on, with Scholes adamant he would benefit from new surroundings.
The former Red Devils midfielder doesn’t appear sold on Mount, however, despite him being a mainstay at Stamford Bridge.
Scholes told Premier League Productions : “Look, I like Mason Mount … does he do enough? I thought when he first came onto the scene, ‘have got a new Frank Lampard?’. I know we talked before about not comparing players to these types.
“But I expected him to score goals, a lot more goals, in big games, to win you games, he hasn’t really kicked on from there. I think a change of club might not be a bad thing for him.”
Chelsea have reportedly slapped a £55m price tag on Mount, who is also on the radars of Liverpool and Arsenal.
That value could be problematic for United, especially as Chelsea have no interest in accepting a lower price. And the midfield is one of several areas Erik ten Hag wants to improve this summer.
Gary Neville described Mount as a “coach’s player” and believes he suits Ten Hag’s possession-based style, which he wants to implement at Old Trafford.
Neville told Sky Sports : “Mason Mount is a coach’s player, I think that is the best way to describe him and there have been many I have seen in my lifetime in football where they get more respect from the coaching staff for what they do than they do from the fans that are watching them.
Neville went on to add: “So I’m not surprised Mason Mount is a target for Manchester United. I don’t think it would be a priority here, but he [Ten Hag] does want midfield players. You think about Dutch coaches, they want to dominate possession, he [Ten Hag] wants that [Frenkie] de Jong, he wants players who can handle the ball.
“He loves Eriksen, he loves [Marcel] Sabitzer, he loves Fernandes. He’s left Fred and [Scott] McTominay out of the team more often than not because he loves more technical players and Mason Mount is a technical player who is available.”