Ex-Man Utd captain Neville: Sancho going same way as Van de Beek

October 31, 2021

Former Man Utd captain Gary Neville says Jadon Sancho could go the same way as Donny van de Beek.

The £73million summer signing from Borussia Dortmund has yet to gain a foothold in the starting XI at Old Trafford, having to make do with a place on the sub’s bench.

England international Sancho has been an unused substitute in United’s last two matches against Liverpool and Tottenham, and Neville can’t help but feel he could suffer the same fate as Van de Beek.

He said: “Do you know something, I can’t help but think about Van de Beek.

“Who’s put the name on him, who is sponsoring him at Man Utd, that kid who has sat in the stands and not kicked a football.

“Sancho if he’s not careful, is going to end up exactly the same.

“He’s played in some pretty appalling performances, not him, I mean team performances.

“He’s come into a club that’s looked totally disjointed in terms of their football, he’s played in a far better unit at Borussia Dortmund.

“He’s come in and is probably thinking, ‘What the hell am I doing here, what is this, there’s no organisation or structure?’

“He’s the only player if you look at Manchester United‘s defensive running stats that is anywhere near.

“I think he’s fifth or sixth, he’s actually putting a shift in.

“He must be sitting on the bench thinking ‘what am I doing, I’m not going to play in this system.’

“Because I don’t see him in the two in midfield or the two upfront, so he’s thinking where does my career go at Manchester United and Van de Beek is thinking the same.

“Today has been a good day but it does cause problems elsewhere.”