Mount: Palace defeat tough to take

Saturday 30 September 2023 18:19

Mason Mount admits Manchester United need to improve after we slipped to a 1-0 Premier League defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

The midfielder continued his comeback from injury in Saturday’s game but, despite dominating possession, the Reds failed to break down the Eagles’ organised defence.

‘Frustration’ was the key theme of Mount’s interview with club media, following the Old Trafford encounter, in which Joachim Andersen’s first-half goal ultimately proved decisive.

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Mount: Palace made it hard to create

Mason Mount gives his honest assessment of United's 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford...

"We want to win these games," the summer signing said. "We know we need to win these games and it's been a difficult start.

"As soon as they got the goal, they defended really well, they got bodies behind the ball and made it difficult to create. We had a few chances but it wasn't enough.

"We know we need to go back and look at the areas that we need to improve on – and we need to improve because we want to win games, we want to win every competition we’re in, we want to go right to the end. So it's a tough one to take."

One positive to take from the disappointing defeat was Mount’s return for his first Premier League game in over a month, following the injury he sustained against Tottenham Hotspur in August.

He played 77 minutes against Roy Hodgson’s side, having completed the first half of the midweek Carabao Cup win over the same opposition, and had a chance to equalise in the second half on Saturday when he headed Diogo Dalot’s cross off target.

Report: United 0 Palace 1


Erik ten Hag's side suffer a painful defeat against the Eagles at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old says United must now look ahead to Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League clash with Galatasaray, and the opportunity that it provides to bounce back.

"It was a tough start with the injury and a frustrating one but I used that time to look at areas where I could improve and coming back in the team last game, it felt good.

"But you don't want to lose games and, especially at home with the fans, we want to perform for them and win games for them. And yeah, we need to improve. We need to go away and look at some areas that just weren't there.

"But there are games coming thick and fast now: every three days we're playing in different competitions and this is a new start. The Champions League at home under the lights – it's an exciting one to play in and hopefully we can perform and win that game now."