The ex-Red Devils player believes the England international is going to get frustrated by a lack of game time at Manchester United.
may end up being like
Donny van de Beek
as the England international doesn’t fit intoManchester United
The winger was not substituted in for the second game in a row as the Red Devils won the clash againstTottenham
3-0 on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to change into a 3-5-2 formation after their embarrassing 5-0 defeat by Liverpool.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani met the target after working together up front, whereas Marcus Rashford climbed off the bench to find the third goal for United, worrying Neville about Sancho’s position in the team.
Manchester United acquired Sancho’s services on a big-money transfer from Borussia Dortmund over the summer, but Neville sees similarities between his situation and that of Van de Beek’s.
Since joining the club in 2020, the Dutchman has struggled to make his way into Solskjaer’s plans and Sancho may end up frustrated for his lack of minutes.
I can’t help thinking about Van de Beek,"
the former Red Devils captain told
after the Spurs win.
"Who has put their name on him? Who’s sponsoring that at Manchester United, that £40 million that’s been spent on that kid who’s been sat in the stand and not kicked a football for nearly 18 months?
"Sancho, if he’s not careful, is going to end up exactly the same. He’s played in some pretty appalling performances in the last few [weeks], not him… I mean team performances.
"He’s come into a club that’s looked completely disjointed in terms of their football. He’s played in a far better team and unit at Dortmund. He’s come in here and probably thinking, ‘what the hell am I in here? What is this?’. There’s no organisation, there’s no structure, the defensive work rate is poor.
"He’s actually the only player, when you look at the defensive running stats of Manchester United’s front players, that’s got anywhere near… I think he’s fifth or sixth out of the top four clubs’ front players, he was in the top 10. So he’s actually put a shift in.
"But he must be sat on that bench today thinking, ‘what am I doing?’, now he’s thinking, ‘where do I play in that system?’. Because I don’t see him in a three in midfield and I don’t see him in a two up front, so he’s probably thinking, ‘where is my career at Manchester United?’.
"And Van de Beek’s thinking the same. Today has been a good day but it does cause problems elsewhere."
Sancho played in 11 games for United in the 2021-22 season so far and six of them were starts.
He has yet to meet the back of the net or contribute an assist. However, the 21-year-old has a lot of time to turn things around and he is hoping to be in the line-up for their clash againstManchester City
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