Mason Mount may be struggling for form since joining Manchester United, but he earned the respect from fans following their defeat to Newcastle.
Supporters spotted the 24-year-old being the only player to stay after the final whistle to applaud the Red Devils in the aftermath of their Carabao Cup exit.
Eddie Howe’s Magpies eased into the quarter-finals after dispatching United 3-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
It was another crushing loss for Erk ten Hag’s men – their eighth of the season in all competitions as pressure builds on the Dutchman.
And it appears their players were keen to quickly get off the pitch following another humbling.
Some applauded the Old Trafford faithful as they headed straight down the tunnel but only summer signing Mount stayed behind to clap the fans.
Mount, who is yet to score in nine games since joining from Chelsea in a deal rising to £60million, could be seen walking around the pitch to clap those that decided against heading off early.
United fans were quick to praise the 36-cap England international, as one X user said: “He deserves to play more and get his groove back.”
Another commented: “Mason Mount is only player who stayed behind and clapped to the fans, he has my respect.”
A third added: “This shows so much character. Loved to see this from a much vilified Mason Mount. More power to him.”
And this supporter messaged: “Mason Mount stayed behind to clap for the fans. My boy.”
This fan then posted: “Bro Mason Mount just came in here 3 months ago but bro was the only one who showed what it means to play for Manchester United.
“Can’t believe my eyes, they all left him, and was all alone begging for forgiveness.”
Despite his gesture, United icon Louis Saha has been critical of the ex-Derby loan star, as he demanded Mount to make more of an impact.
He told BettingOdds.com: “I’ve seen moments this season where Mason Mount isn’t even asking for the ball.
“It’s very shocking for me to see a player with that type of quality shying away from taking responsibility.
“He is too good of a player to play like this, to not show a willingness to get the ball and make a difference and it is not on.
“He has so much quality, but at the moment he doesn’t seem to have any faith in himself. He needs to show courage and commitment and I am really unimpressed with Mason Mount at the moment.
“He has lost the keys to create damage to his opponents and to change games from midfield. He’s going whole games where he is barely touching the ball, it’s really strange.”