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Jamie Redknapp claims that Jadon Sancho has a ‘massive challenge’ to be able to make a success of his time at United after Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa, with a perceived lack of ‘pace to run past people’ a ‘real worry’.

Sancho began in the starting eleven for United’s 1-0 defeat at home to Wolves on Monday gone, but found himself on the substitutes bench this weekend as Ralf Rangnick’s were away at Villa Park in the EPL.

Manchester United seemed to have a victory in sight when Bruno Fernandes scored his second goal of the game in the 67th minute, with Emiliano Martinez’s uncharacteristic error gifting the visitors an opening goal.

But Villa high profile recruit Philippe Coutinho entered the fray shortly after and the Brazilian assisted Jacob Ramsey’s 77th-minute strike before sealing his fantastic debut with a goal himself.

Rangnick certainly hoped that Sancho would have affected the game as Coutinho did, but it wasn’t to be, with the winger again failing to deliver his Bundesliga form..United must be wondering if a player can be judged solely on German form, given that Timo Werner has faced similar issues at Chelsea. Jamie Redknapp offered the following view:


‘He’s got a massive challenge on…He came on the pitch today and didn’t make any impact. When you’re coming on you’re hoping you might create a little bit of magic, but in the end you come on and you end up drawing 2-2. You’re meant to be the player that’s going to help the team…He’s low on confidence. We talk about confidence a lot in football and I watch him playing… he’s a shadow of the player we saw in the Bundesliga. When I saw him there he looked good in close areas…My biggest worry about him is that he hasn’t got pace to run past people. Manchester United have always had amazing wingers that run with the ball, not just in tight areas, but they’ve also got the pace to run in beyond and that’s why Rangnick has gone with Elanga today…The first two minutes minutes of the game he [Elanga] ran and chased it… Sancho doesn’t do that so that’s a real worry for him.’


Redknapp believes that the training ground may be the place for Sancho to turn things around, saying:


‘What can he do? He’s got to show some character and say, “Yeah, I’m up for this challenge! He’s got to train well, play well, live right, and then maybe you can back in this team.’



View From Rangnick About Sancho and Elanga


Rangnick, though, was very impressed with United academy product Elanga saying on Sky Sports:


‘He did well. He had two great opportunities himself to score, but he showed what I expected him to show…That’s why I started to play him from the start.’


As to whether Elanga is now ahead of Sancho in the pecking order, Rangnick replied:


‘Well we’ve got so many games to play, I’m not thinking who is ahead of who….Today, it was the decision to play him [Elanga] from the start, but we have so many games coming up that it could be different in the next game.’



Time will tell….

Author: Londonlad

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