Jadon Sancho feared to be ‘Donny van de Beek 2.0’ as snubbed Man Utd duo suffer
Concerns have been raised about Jadon Sancho’s lack of game-time for Manchester United, with some saying that he could become the new Donny van de Beek.
The England international arrived from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford over the summer for a reported £73million but he has found himself far down on the pecking order – this season he has only played 11 times for the Red Devils.
Van de Beek, meanwhile, moved two seasons ago from Ajax for a reported £35million plus £5million in add-ons. But he has only featured in three games so far this campaign, and has largely been marginalised out.
Both were only brought off the bench in the 87th minute of Tuesday's Champions League match away to Atalanta.
And as such, comparisons have been made between the pair, with fears Sancho could become the new van de Beek.
Online one simply said: “Jadon Sancho is becoming the new Van de Beek.”
Another said: “Sancho is 100% Van de Beek 2.0”
A third stated: “I think Ole has seen Van de Beek and Sancho have a few bad games and doesn’t have a clue how to get the best out of them so he’s just given up on them.”
Gary Neville also highlighted the problem. He said to Sky Sports: “I can't help thinking about Van de Beek.
"Who's put their name on him? Who's sponsoring that £40m that's been spent on that kid who's sat in the stands and not kicked a football now for 18 months? Sancho, if he's not careful, is going to end up exactly the same.
"Sancho has played in some pretty appalling team performances. He's come into a club that's looked completely disjointed in terms of their football.
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"He played in a far better team unit at Dortmund. He's come in here 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."
In the Champions League game on Tuesday night, Atalanta opened the scoring when Josip Ilicic fed through Duvan Zapata whose shot managed to deceive David De Gea and fall under him.
Bruno Fernades’ brilliant backheel allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to equalise before half-time before the Serie A side went up again with Ilicic scoring their second of the night.
Ronaldo, in dramatic fashion, then pulled a goal back for Man United – scoring in stoppage time to give the Red Devils a point.
The draw puts United top of Group F, joint with Villareal on seven points.
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