Paul Scholes blames Manchester United duo for Jadon Sancho’s inconsistent form

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes doesn’t blame Jadon Sancho for his patchy form since moving to Old Trafford. Instead Scholesly pins the blame on two of the winger’s team-mates.

Sancho arrived at United in the summer of 2021 from Borussia Dortmund in a mega-money transfer, but he has failed to perform consistently for the Red Devils.

Erik ten Hag gave Sancho a break earlier this season – to go away and prepare himself not just physically but mentally to play his part in the remainder of the season. The manager has brought a better morale to the dressing room and you can tell there’s good vibes around the place.

Hard work will pay of for Sancho down the line. Ten Hag wanted to make exercise a habit for the winger and for him to block out the negativity that bubbles in the background – often out of his control.

Scholes believes there is more to come from the 22-year-old in a United shirt. He’s even demanded that Ten Hag signs a better right-back than Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer.

Speaking to BT Sport, Scholes said: “Not yet I don’t think, I still think there’s a lot more to come from him, he obviously had his issues and problems that the manager dealt with, he came back and scored a couple of goals.

“I still think there’s a player in there, he just needs the right players around him.

“Remember at Dortmund before, he had a flying right-back going on all the time, which really helped him because he’s not a quick player, he’s more of a skilful player who wants to play football, he wants to play with his centre-forward and right-back.

“If United can possibly find a better right-back it might make him a different proposition.”

Last week, Rio Ferdinand urges Sancho and team-mate Antony to take more risks on the ball for United. The former United and England centre-back knows from playing with some of the best players English football has seen what it takes to be a star for the Red Devils.

“There’s one part of Antony and Jadon Sancho’s game that I think needs to improve, and that’s taking more risks.

“You don’t get anything in this game without taking risks. You don’t have success without taking risks, you don’t win trophies without taking risks.

“Alex Ferguson used to say to us all the time that he doesn’t want safe from forwards. That’s what I love about Bruno Fernandes, by the way.

“‘He just needs some weapons in front of him. If he’s got people in front of him making runs and taking risks, he’s a problem for any team.”

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