Former Manchester United player Paul Ince has launched a withering attack on new winger Jadon Sancho, accusing him together with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial of showboating instead of playing ‘proper football’.
Sancho joined United with much fanfare for £73million in the summer, off the back of being one of the best wingers in the Bundesliga at Borussia Dortmund.
But the England international has found settling at Old Trafford challenging so far, starting just twice in the Premier League and not yet completing a full 90 minutes in the league.
Having scored 50 goals and produced 64 assists in 137 matches for Dortmund, Sancho is yet to show his best form in his new colours – the 21-year-old has no goals or assists for United in his first seven appearances.
Ince chastised the tricky winger for appearing to be more concerned with showing off his skills than producing on the pitch.
‘I get that Sancho is still learning, he’s still young,’ Ince told The United Stand.
‘But this is not a FIFA game, it’s not all about dribbling and trying to beat two, three, four players or little flicks and that.
‘Yeah, it’s nice when they come off but the likes of Sancho and Lingard, all these flicks, just play proper football.’
Ince, who was a bedrock of the Red Devils’ midfield in the 90s, said the way the United trio played irritated him and compared them to Ryan Giggs, the young superstar from his playing days.
‘Honestly, it winds me up! If you watch players like Giggs, they get it and they pass, one-twos and get one-on-one… we just want to keep running with the ball, trying little flicks, little backheels.
learn that it’s not all about dribbling. Sometimes you can pass your way through players and get yourself in the box.’