Former England international Danny Mills claims Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to try Jadon Sancho at wing-back is “almost a sackable offence”.
The Red Devils boss is already under enough pressure from his side’s poor run of form that has seen them slip down to sixth in the Premier League, nine points off leaders Chelsea.
It is now just three wins in their last ten fixtures in all competitions and four defeats in their last six Premier League matches following their 2-0 loss to neighbours Man City a week ago.
Sancho, who has made 13 appearances in all competitions since his £73m summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund, has failed to contribute a goal or an assist to the cause this season with Solskjaer struggling to utilise him effectively in his starting XI.
The Athletic claimed on Tuesday that Man Utd coaches have ‘tried Sancho as a right wing-back in sessions in recent weeks and, with Wan-Bissaka’s attacking ability in question, Solskjaer may yet turn to the tactic against teams expected to sit in.’
And Mills is absolutely baffled as to why Solskjaer and his coaching team would think it was a good idea to try Sancho in a different position.
“Good luck turning him into a wing-back,” Mills told Football Insider.
“He didn’t play for England too much in the Euros because I don’t think he was reliable enough to track back and do the defensive side of it. Dortmund never played him there.
“You bought a winger who is going to create chances and score goals. Suddenly you’re going to play him at wing-back in an unbelievably leaky defence. It’s like, really?
“That’s almost a sackable offence in itself. Shall we put Cristiano Ronaldo at centre-half because he can head a ball? I think Ronaldo can head the ball better than the centre-halves at the moment so should they put him at centre-half?
“It’s more than a little bit ridiculous.”
England international Sancho scored 37 Bundesliga goals and provided 41 assists for his Dortmund team-mates over the last three seasons at the German club.