Webber assesses Mount and Onana impact

Sunday 30 July 2023 09:00

Former Manchester United forward Danny Webber has highlighted how new signings Mason Mount and Andre Onana have quickly integrated into Erik ten Hag’s first-team set-up while away on Tour 2023.

Mount has played in all but one of our summer friendlies so far, following his arrival from Chelsea earlier this month, while Onana made his first Reds appearance last time out against Real Madrid, after his signature from Internazionale was secured last week.

The duo have impressed in multiple respects already, with Webber picking out how both have already looked at home alongside their new team-mates as a shared positive trait.

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Asked about Mount, Danny has been encouraged what he’s seen so far, with scope for our new midfielder to play a key part across several roles.

“I think they’ve [Mason’s performances] been full of energy, first and foremost, which is what he brings,” said Danny.

“He brings a lot of legs, he brings an honesty and a trust with the ball. “So whilst we’ve not seen multiple attempts at goal, and goals and assists from him, I feel that he’s developed a real trust within the team. That’s a great platform to build from.

“I know there will be lots more to come from him; we’re sort of experimenting slightly as well - is he going to play in a 10, is he going to play in an eight? Whereabouts does he play within that midfield?

“What I do see, even on the training ground, is how well integrated he is in the group straightaway, he’s well-liked. He’s one of those people who is a winner and he’s raising the level as well.”

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The former attacker also believes that Mount can bring goals to the team from midfield.

“He’s not the only one that’s going to do that, it needs to be spread across the board, the likes of your Antony coming from wide, Garnacho if he’s playing from wide, everyone needs to get goals.

“But I do think Mount will get goals, will bring quality, and that’s what he’s been brought here for, that’s his job, and I’m sure he knows what his objectives are.”

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Moving onto the subject of our new goalkeeper, and first impressions of Onana in a United shirt – following that Real Madrid bow – were positive for Danny.

“One of the first things is when you look at a goalkeeper, you think, ‘Are you confident?’, when you’re looking at them as a fan.

“He doesn’t make you nervous, he looks so confident in what he’s doing, whether that’s saving, whether that’s coming claiming crosses or demanding from people in front of him. And then the added benefit of being able to come out and use the ball when we’ve got it, with his feet. He looks very confident and sure, so it gives you a level of confidence.

“It was interesting, because I’ve not seen a United goalkeeper come so far out, basically playing as a sweeper at times.

“There’s an element of risk to his play but so far, so good. He as well is smiling, he’s working hard in training, he’s integrated well into the group as well.”

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Aside from his ability to play out from the back, Danny is in no doubt that Onana also has elite qualities in the fundamentals of communication and making saves.

“It’s important that you are the eyes and ears – if it’s Martinez and Varane – for what’s in front of you. You could see there was clear communication, you could see that they felt comfortable, and that in itself is very important. He’s set off on the right foot.

“The saves he made were solid, he’s assertive in what he was doing. The goals he could do nothing about, two moments of extreme quality.”