Jadon Sancho could end up as Donny van de Beek at Manchester United if he is not careful, warns Gary Neville | Football news

Gary Neville has warned that Jadon Sancho may suffer the same fate as Donny van de Beek at Manchester United, after OIe Gunnar Solskjær’s tactical change went to Tottenham.

United were just as good at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as they were bad in last weekend’s 5-0 dubbing against Liverpool at Old Trafford as they took immense advantage of inserting a 3-5-2 formation to beat Spurs 3- 0 and lift the pressure on under-brand manager Solskjær.

Solskjær’s decision to start a Premier League match with three central defenders for the first time since March 2020 and partner Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani in the attack for the first time in the top league paid off, with Ronaldo opening the scoring and setting Cavani up for the second goal , while an improved defensive display prevented the Spurs from registering a single shot on goal.

“Sunshine system suits Ronaldo”

“There has been that thought. Has Ronaldo been a good signing for the club? Is he the right player to come in? But if you have someone like him in the locker room, you have to get him on the team. And if you get him on the team, you have to play a system in a way that suits him, Neville tells Sky Sports.

“There’s no doubt this is not Ole’s plan. To leave Sancho, [Marcus] Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood on the bench is not the plan. That was not the plan this summer with the recruitment. That was not the plan for Ole in the summer. It was not like he thought he was going to play.

“He’s played 4-2-3-1 in the last 37 games, so it’s not his [long-term] plans to go 3-5-2. But the system change seemed to suit Ronaldo. It took the pressure off him from a defensive point of view.

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“Up against three central defenders in Leicester and then against Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate last week, he looked like a little boy. But on Saturday he seemed to fit him perfectly in those moments.

“Saturday was a good day for him, not only because of the goal, but because it looked like he was playing on a team of which he was a part, rather than in the last few weeks where he has been revealed. and asked to press when he can not. “

Neville issues Sancho warning

Despite the success of Solskjær’s system in exploiting Ronaldo’s and Cavani’s talent while stifling opposition, Neville highlighted a number of issues with his long-term adoption, particularly where Sancho would come into play.

Jadon Sanchos Premier League Statistics 2021/22
Jadon Sanchos 2021/22 Premier League Statistics

The English national team player, who was left on the bench at Tottenham, has not yet reached the heights that earned him his £ 73 million summer transfer from Borussia Dortmund, as he could not register a goal or an assist in 315 minutes of Premier League football. this season.

Neville is worried that Sancho may go the same way as Van de Beek, who looks completely frozen from Solskjær’s first team picture.

“I can’t help but think of Van de Beek,” Neville added. “Who put their name on him? Who sponsors the 40 million pounds that have been spent on the kid who has been sitting in the stands and not kicking a football now for 18 months? Sancho, if he is not careful, will end up with exactly the same.

“Sancho has played in some pretty terrible team performances. He has come into a club that has looked completely incoherent in relation to their football. He played in a far better team unit in Dortmund. He has come in here and thinks, ‘what the hell am I in here, what is this? ‘ There is no organization, there is no structure, the defensive work rate is poor.


“When you look at the defensive running statistics, for Manchester United’s front players who are close by, Sancho is actually the only player who has made a switch. But he has to sit on the bench and think, ‘what am I doing?’

“Now he’s thinking, ‘where do I play in that system?’ “And Van de Beek thinks the same thing. Saturday was a good day for United, but it’s causing problems elsewhere.”

Souness: No forward planning with Ronaldo, Cavani

Neville’s fellow Sky Sports expert Graeme Souness claims that Manchester United’s dependence on Ronaldo and Cavani illustrated the lack of foresight in the transfer market and warned of tougher challenges than Spurs expect in the form of champions Manchester City in next Saturday’s derby – live on Sky Sports.

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“There is no forward-looking planning with Cavani or Ronaldo,” Souness said. “They got Cavani on the very last day in a transfer window a few years ago. They have taken Ronaldo under similar circumstances. There is no forward planning.

“This is a jigsaw that just mixes it around and works out as it comes in. Sometimes it works. He could have been lucky. But it was Tottenham they played.

“Take that team with the same performance against Liverpool last week, they would not be beaten 5-0, but they would still be beaten. That’s how far they have to go. Do not be carried away by what happened last Saturday.

“There has to be a lot more than that if they are to challenge City and Liverpool going forward. We will find out a lot more about where United are this time next week.”

Analysis: Has Ronaldo’s arrival hurt Sancho’s chances?

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“The bigger thing for Sancho is not so much the formation change, but the Ronaldo signing. Even when United played a formation that he fits into, he was nowhere near his best. Ronaldo’s arrival has changed the way the team is. structured and must play.

“They spent so much time pursuing Sancho, we have to think they had a good idea of ​​how they planned to use him, but I think those plans have been scrapped because they suddenly had the chance to pick up Ronaldo and he is now a victim of this.the super club’s approach to recruitment, hoping that everything would fall into place around him.

“I do not think it should come as a huge surprise, Sancho is fighting now, many people argued when Ronaldo came that he would benefit the young players by seeing him in training and how he works and there is an element of truth in it.but basically these young players have to play Ronaldo’s arrival means it happens less, not more.

“It’s the same for Greenwood and Rashford, but Sancho is not one we can talk about as a budding talent either. He has played at a phenomenal level for three seasons with one of Europe’s best clubs. He has to play in a system structured around his strengths, and he does not have that in United.

“It’s a concern for them and for Sancho he will be worried. It’s a real head scraper for United and it will be interesting to see where it goes. The Donny van de Beek comparison is not one you want to be. somewhere. close, but it seems to be there, it’s on its way. “

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