Rio Ferdinand hints Mason Mount is struggling because Man Utd are a bigger club than Chelsea

'No disrespect to Chelsea, but...'

Rio Ferdinand hints Mason Mount is struggling because Man Utd are a bigger club than Chelsea
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Mason Mount has failed to impress since leaving Chelsea for Man Utd (Picture: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has hinted that the reason why Mason Mount is struggling so much is because Manchester United are a bigger club than Chelsea.

Mount swapped west London for Old Trafford this summer in a £60m deal but the England international has failed to impress so far under Erik ten Hag.

The 24-year-old midfielder has made nine appearances for the Red Devils, registering just one assist amid a series of poor performances.

Mount came through Chelsea’s academy and spent his entire career at the club before his summer switch to United – with loans at Vitesse and Derby County before he broke into the Blues XI – and Ferdinand feels the Englishman is still not used to the level of scrutiny that comes with being a United player.

‘No disrespect to Chelsea but he was a golden boy and he came through the ranks there,’ Ferdinand said after Mount’s performance in the 1-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.

‘He was never really on the receiving end of negativity or scrutiny, ‘Should he be here, he’s not good enough, should he be here?’ – He’s never had that in his life really.

‘He needed backing from Frank [Lampard] when he was at Derby and then when he went back to Chelsea.

‘But the pressure when you come to Man United, it brings a different kind of weight on the shoulders, the badge is heavier when things aren’t going well.

‘He is seeing and hearing that now. I just think players need time. As long as he gets chances in the right area of this football club Mason Mount is a sure-fire bet to make it as a Man United player.’

Mount will next be hoping to make an impact when United travel to FC Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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