Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford have come under fire following Manchester United’s 2-2 draw against Aston Villa on Saturday evening.
Jamie Redknapp and Roy Keane reviewed their form following the selection of 19-year-old winger Anthony Elanga ahead of Sancho, who has been a big disappointment since joining from Borussia Dortmund for 85 million euros.
Elanga was a bright spot for United, but he was substituted with 12 minutes remaining by Sancho, who failed to please boss Ralf Rangnick.
Now, Redknapp believes that the England winger has a lot of work ahead of him if he is to unseat Elanga.
“Sancho is facing a mammoth task,” Redknapp commented on Sky Sports.
“When he entered the game tonight, he had an immediate effect.
“When you come in, you want to work some magic, but in this case, he came on and the team drew 2-2, despite the fact that he is meant to be the guy who assists the team.
“He is lacking in confidence.
I’m watching him play and he’s nothing like the guy I saw in the Bundesliga.
He is effective in close quarters, but my primary concern is that he lacks the speed necessary to run past people.
“That is why Elanga was on the field today.
United put a ball down the line in the opening five minutes, and he pursued it.
Sancho does not behave in this manner.
That is a genuine source of concern for him.
It’s a significant obstacle for him.
He needs to demonstrate that he is ready for the task and commit to playing, training, and living a healthy lifestyle in order to re-enter the squad.
“It’s a massive test for both him and Marcus Rashford.”
Rashord missed out due to injury, but has also struggled to live up to expectations this season, scoring only three goals.
“What became of Rashford?
Manchester United must ascertain the truth,” Keane stated.
“When they work with young athletes, that is their obligation.
Rashford has accomplished incredible feats on and off the game over the last several years, but plainly something is wrong.
“On Monday, I observed him and noticed that the lights were on but no one was home.
The child appears to be disoriented.
Is it simply a matter of confidence?
Off the pitch, there may be something going on.
The club and veteran players must come to his aid and that of the younger players.
There are several issues at United that need to be addressed.
“Are Sancho, Rashford, and [Mason] Greenwood taking a look at the senior players who should be setting an example?”
Perhaps not all of them are?
Perhaps the young players are not as eager to follow up with some more training.
These are just little elements on which young players might improve.
“If the club’s culture is off, whether it’s the pace of training, the tempo, or the attitude, you’re going to notice.
At United, something is lacking.
There are far too many untidy threads.”
United surrendered a two-goal lead at Villa Park, as their mediocre run under new head coach Rangnick continues.