Gary Neville says Jadon Sancho is a “victim” at Man Utd following £73m transfer

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes that Jadon Sancho is a “victim” at the Red Devils following his big money transfer in the summer.

United paid £73million to Borussia Dortmund to end a long-running chase and finally bring Sancho to Old Trafford at the start of the window.

Having been one of the best attacking players in the Bundesliga since he joined Dortmund from Manchester City, many were expecting big things of the young winger.

But so far, the move has not worked out as hoped, with the 21-year-old yet to register a goal or an assist after 10 games in all competitions.

Gary Neville has defended Jadon Sancho for his poor performances

It appears that he is yet to fully earn the trust of Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which has limited his playing time.

Sancho has made just three starts in the Premier League this season, while he was left on the bench completely for the defeat to Aston Villa.

His struggles continued on Saturday, when United travelled to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City.

Solskjaer named Sancho in his starting line-up, selecting him to play on the left-wing against Brendan Rodgers’ men.

But he again failed to have a noticeable impact on the match, failing to have a shot or make a cross against the Foxes.

The out of sorts winger was hauled off after 65 minutes, with Marcus Rashford replacing him in his first appearance of the season.

Rashford had an immediate impact, scoring a well-taken equaliser for the Red Devils, before Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka secured the three points for Leicester.

Having won only two of their last seven games, United desperately need Sancho to start delivering on his hefty price tag.

But Neville, who won eight Premier League titles with United, believes that the wider team performances are not help Sancho to settle.

“Sancho at this moment, he’s a victim of the current performances of the team,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“You’d like a player like that to come into a settled unit and he’s just still finding his feet. I did think he played well in the last 20 minutes against Everton a couple of weeks ago.

“He shouldn’t be the focus point of any criticism at this moment in time. Of course you’re going to get criticism as a United player signed for that level of money but again that would be a distraction.”

Neville has also told Solskjaer that he needs to find a better balance to his side if he is to bring the best out of Sancho.

“I think they have to get the balance of the team right. Sancho, Fernandes, Pogba, Ronaldo and Greenwood all in the same team,” the pundit added.

“You’re going to have to get three or four of them to work like they’ve never worked before if that team is going to win against good teams because it doesn’t work hard enough out of possession.”


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