- Jadon Sancho looks sharp after coming off the bench in 1-1 draw with Everton
- The £73m signing makes a tremendous start to life at Manchester United
- The England forward has not scored or registered any assists for his new club so far
- But Gary Neville was impressed by his link up game with Cristiano Ronaldo
- And he believes this performance could be a stepping stone to better form.
Jadon Sancho has made a tremendous start to life at Manchester United following his £73million summer move from Dortmund
Gary Neville believes Jadon Sancho could make his ‘disappointing’ start at Manchester United after an impressive cameo in Saturday’s draw with Everton.
The England forward, signed from Borussia Dortmund for £73m in the summer, has made a tremendous start to life at Old Trafford and has failed to register a score or an assist in nine outings.
But Sancho was alive when he came on for Anthony Martial in the second half of the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and Neville is confident he can kick now.
“After that game everyone was disappointed but I thought Sancho gave his best 20 minutes in the United shirt,” he said. Sky Gary Neville Podcast.
‘I thought there was a big positive of that match – that’s no more losing. They are still in the league and Sancho is on the pitch.
‘It’s been a rough start for him, I think Manchester United fans are still working to get to know him, and he’s still getting to know Manchester United.
However, the England star was alive when he came off the bench during the Everton draw
‘He’s a £70million-odd signing and he’s outdone by the likes of [Raphael] Varane and [Cristiano] Ronaldo in terms of publicity and uproar.
‘He’s almost slipped into the club and he’s been a little anonymous in his first few weeks and has probably gotten frustrated.
‘But I thought he did really well and you see what he can give like small passes with Ronaldo in that left channel, slide passes like we see [Mohamed] Wrong [Sadio] Mane in Liverpool.
‘I think he’ll go into the international break, where Gareth Southgate said he was lucky to be picked because he wasn’t doing his best, and it would give him a little bit of confidence and send him into joy. Had he not had 20 minutes, he might have been like this.
Gary Neville impressed by Sancho’s performance after coming to Old Trafford
Sancho was brought in for Anthony Martial after 57 minutes but United did not win
Sancho now leaves with England for World Cup qualifiers ahead of tough times for United
United have failed to win four of their last six matches in all competitions and have dropped two points in the league after Everton’s Andros Townsend canceled a marshal’s goal on Saturday.
Back-to-back matches against Leicester, Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City will be no respite for United after international matches.
Neville was also vocal about Ronaldo walking down the tunnel after the Everton draw, insisting the Portuguese superstar would know he was putting enormous pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by doing so.
Neville said: ‘I saw him walk and I can’t say I like it.
‘Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is Cristiano upset about not scoring? Yes. Is Cristiano angry as hell when the team doesn’t win? Undoubted.
‘We know those things. He doesn’t need to prove it.
‘He walked off the pitch muttering to himself, who hurled questions into the air – what is he saying? Who is he angry with?
‘It can only come back to the manager. Such actions – and Cristiano is smart enough to know this – will put real pressure on the manager, more pressure than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has.’
Cristiano Ronaldo walks down tunnel after draw with Everton at Old Trafford