Erik ten Hag has made some questionable decisions during his time in charge of Manchester United . The Dutch coach and his team have made a lot of mistakes at Old Trafford, especially when it comes to some transfer deals.
Some deals have great reviews. Rasmus Hojlund looks like an excellent player, Lisandro Martinez is an inspiring centre-back and Jonny Evans remains more or less valuable despite his age.
However, most of the contracts that Man Utd made in the past two seasons proved to be ineffective. The first player to arrive at Man Utd in the summer of 2023 is Mason Mount from Chelsea. It can be confirmed that he has not been successful at Carrington .
At the same time, Teden Mengi left Old Trafford. Ultimately, he was sold due to a series of injuries. Mengi last played for Manchester United in December 2021. However, Mengi really shined when he joined Luton Town, while Mount was the complete opposite.
The 24-year-old left Stamford Bridge to land at Old Trafford in a transfer worth £55 million with £5 million in add-ons. Mount lost himself when going through 18 difficult months, no longer a mainstay at Chelsea.
Mount hopes his career will get back on track when he joins Man United. The Red Devils even gave Mount the iconic number 7 shirt. However, the whole year of 2023 did not go as Mount wanted.
Mount ended 2023 without scoring or providing a single assist in the Premier League. The last time the midfielder scored was since a 2-0 win over Bournemouth in December 2022.
The England international is constantly injured and misses a series of matches. In total, Mount only played 12 matches with a playing time of 627 minutes in all competitions. It’s understandable that the value of this player has dropped sharply at this time. CIES values Mount at just £25 million.
Mount earns a whopping £250,000 per week while playing for Man Utd. In contrast, Mengi only receives a salary of 17,000 pounds per week with Luton Town. However, Mengi participated in 1,221 minutes in the Premier League alone, while Mount spent more time with the hospital bed than in competition.
Mengi was a big surprise. The reason is that he played well and had few injuries after leaving Man Utd. That shows that the Red Devils need to avoid repeating deals like this in the future. Similarly, Anthony Elanga is also a big lesson for Man Utd.
Meanwhile, Mount still has time to prove himself in the red shirt. Surely Man Utd fans hope he will shine. Otherwise, it seems like Man United are once again seriously wasting money.
Not only Mount, but also Antony or Jadon Sancho also cost Man Utd a large amount of money but the performance was below expectations.