Gary Neville likens Jadon Sancho's Manchester United career to Donny van de Beek

By Amreen
Neville has questioned Sancho's Man United future
Neville has questioned Sancho's Man United future / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Gary Neville has claimed Jadon Sancho could end up like Donny van de Beek at Manchester United if he continues to be side-lined by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Sancho was an unused substitute during United's 3-0 win over Tottenham and found himself benched for the 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool last weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, and Marcus Rashford all played a role in the game, leaving Neville questioning Sancho's role in the team.

"I can’t help thinking about Van de Beek," the former Red Devils captain told Sky Sports 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."

United spent £73m to sign Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, and the attacker has, so far, made only 11 appearances across competitions for United, starting only six of those. The 21-year-old has yet to score or assist for the Red Devils.