Gary Neville Has Explained Why Jadon Sancho Will Be In A Better Frame Of Mind Heading Into The International Break
Sancho, 21, is yet to score or assist for the Red Devils since joining from Borussia Dortmund for £72.9million this summer.
The winger’s poor form has consigned him to the bench for United’s last three Premier League fixtures, most-recently the 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday.
Sancho was substituted on in the second half against the Toffees and Neville claims his 33-minute showing was one of the few “big positives” United fans can take from the match.
“You come away from that game and everyone was disappointed, but I thought Jadon Sancho gave his best 20-minute performance in a Manchester United shirt,” Neville told his Sky Sports podcast .
“I thought that was the one big positive from the match. Sancho got on the pitch after a difficult start and I think Man Utd fans are still working him out and still getting to know him, and he’s still working out Man Utd.”
Sancho is clearly adapting to life back in his homeland after a four-year stint in Germany, during which he scored or assisted 114 times in 137 games for Dortmund.
Neville believes it has been hard for the England international to stand out given the high-profile arrivals of Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo during the summer window, admitting he has been “a little anonymous”.
“He’s a £70m signing but he’s been overtaken by Varane and Ronaldo in terms of the publicity and furore,” added Neville of Sancho.
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“He’s almost slipped into the club and been a little anonymous in the first few weeks, he’s probably frustrated.
“But I thought he did really well after coming on yesterday [Saturday] and we saw glimpses of his ability, little passes with Ronaldo and stuff like that.”
Neville believes Sancho can take heart from his cameo against Everton as he looks to make his mark for England during their World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
“I think it’s worth mentioning that we saw a good little period from him (Sancho) and that was a positive,” said the Old Trafford legend.
“He will go into the international break with a little bit of confidence and it will send him off in a happier mood than if he hadn’t featured against Everton.”
Sancho, a member of the England squad which reached the Euro 2020 final this summer, has scored three goals in 22 appearances for the Three Lions.