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Frank Lampard insists Mason Mount was picked on ‘merit’ for Chelsea against Manchester United

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Mason Mount holds his head in his hands during Chelsea's defeat to Manchester United
Mason Mount’s efficiency was criticised through Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard has delivered an impassioned defence of Mason Mount through insisting that the younger midfielder was decided on on benefit against Manchester United on Sunday.

The 20-year-old made each his Chelsea debut and Premier League bow at Old Trafford however persisted a hard afternoon as his facet had been thrashed 4-0.

Jose Mourinho criticised Mount after the sport, pronouncing: ‘You look to the performance of Mason Mount, the performance of Tammy Abraham, you look to the performance even of [Andreas] Christensen and for matches of this dimension you need a little bit more.’

Lampard spoke back to Mourinho’s feedback after the sport through pronouncing: ‘He didn’t just like the efficiency of Mason Mount? Is that what he mentioned? Did he? Wow.’

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Mason Mount attempts a pass during Chelsea's game against Manchester United
Mount performed as Chelsea’s No.10 at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

And forward of Chelsea’s Super Cup assembly against Liverpool, Lampard mentioned: ‘With regards to the squad and picking experienced or inexperienced teams, I completely pick the best team to win the game regardless of age. It’s crucial to have a aggressive group.

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‘If young players have shown what they can do in training, and deserve their chance, for example Mason Mount deserves his chance completely on absolute merit as opposed to age, I will have no fears to play young players because it’s essential for a membership like Chelsea that we do this.

‘They need to deserve their chance. In terms of how we set-up as a team, I liked our aggressive off-the-ball work against United, we won the ball back a lot, and it was more that we didn’t end off our alternatives that we were given from that that misplaced us the sport.’

Mount advanced throughout the academy at Chelsea and has spent two productive mortgage spells clear of the membership, spending the 2017-18 season with Vitesse Arnhem after which remaining time period at Derby County the place he labored along Lampard.

The England U21 world was a key a part of Derby’s facet remaining season, scoring 9 objectives and offering 4 assists as they only overlooked out on promotion to the Premier League following a 2-1 play-off ultimate defeat to Aston Villa.

Lampard additionally printed in his press convention that N’Golo Kante is suffering with an damage picked up against United after the Frenchman got here on as an alternative in the second one part.

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