Pundit: Man Utd star is ‘crumbling’ and was ‘biggest problem’ vs Leicester

Date published: Sunday 3rd April 2022 11:28 - Joe Williams

Man Utd winger Jadon Sancho during a pre-match warm-up

Man Utd winger Jadon Sancho was their “biggest problem” against Leicester City and is “crumbling” at the Premier League club, according to former Aston Villa star Gabby Agbonlahor.

The Red Devils signed Sancho in the summer transfer window for £73m from Borussia Dortmund after a long drawn out pursuit.

Sancho landed at Old Trafford having scored 37 goals and contributed 41 assists over three league seasons for the Bundesliga outfit.

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However, it hasn’t quite gone according to plan in his first season at Man Utd with the 22-year-old managing just three goals and three assists in the Premier League so far.

Man Utd are currently in sixth position in the Premier League and their 1-1 draw against Leicester on Saturday could prove costly.

And Agbonlahor thinks Sancho was United’s biggest issue against the Foxes as he was “scared” to run at defenders.

“The biggest problem for me today was watching Jadon Sancho,” Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT.

“I’ve played in that position, I’ve seen players like Aaron Lennon, top wingers like Shaun Wright-Phillips play in that position, they get the ball they take players on.

“Sancho played the ball back every time he got it to the level that he ended up playing one back and putting Ihenacho in. He was that desperate to play it backwards, he was that scared to take people on.

“I don’t know what’s happened to his confidence but that was the biggest problem for me watching that game today.

“You’ve got a winger that looks up, looks at his defender and thinks ‘nah, nah, I’m passing it backwards’ and that should not be happening for the career that he’s had so far at Dortmund and his confidence is shattered.

“Even if you lose it, it doesn’t matter, get the ball and take on the fullback, he was looking at the fullback and thinking ‘nah, I don’t fancy that, I’m going to pass it back, I’ve done my job’ he was actually hiding on the pitch and that can’t happen.

“A manager has got to come in and get the best out of such a big talent. When he was at Dortmund, I know it’s probably an easier league, but he was taking players on, getting the ball, running past people, showing speed, skill.

“Today he’s crumbling in a Manchester United shirt, and that’s the biggest thing watching that game today, I was baffled.”


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