Jadon Sancho’s display in Manchester United’s draw with Leicester left former Premier League winger Gabby Agbonlahor “baffled” to see Sancho “collapse” at Old Trafford.
Sancho played the full game as United’s hopes of a top four finish were dashed in the 1-1 draw which saw Fred cancel Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener.
The England international had a late chance to win the game but failed with a shot in the closing stages in a game he struggled in.
United boss Ralf Rangnick opted to start the game without a recognized striker, and Sancho saw plenty of the ball as one of his side’s most advanced players but failed to do much with it .
talkSPORT host Agbonlahor commented on United’s disappointing result and saw Sancho as a remarkable problem.
“The biggest issue for me today was watching Jadon Sancho,” said the former Aston Villa star.
“I’ve played in that position, I’ve seen players like Aaron Lennon, top wingers like Shaun Wright-Phillips play in that position, they get the ball they take players on.
“Sancho replayed the ball every time he took it to the level where he ended up playing a back and putting Ihenacho. He was so desperate to play it backwards, he was so afraid to face people.
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“I don’t know what happened to his confidence, but that was the biggest issue for me watching this game today.”
Sancho joined United last summer in a £73million deal from Borussia Dortmund, where he established a reputation as one of the world’s finest young talents.
The 22-year-old recorded 38 league goals and 45 assists in four seasons in Germany but has only three goals and three assists since signing for United.
The Camberwell-born winger was famous for his ability to get past players, but against Leicester he only attempted two dribbles and completed just one.
Agbonlahor explained: “You have a winger who looks up and looks at his defender and thinks ‘no, no, I’m passing him backwards’ and that shouldn’t happen for the career he’s had so far. present at Dortmund and his confidence is shattered.
“Even if you lose it, it’s okay, get the ball back and take the back, he was looking at the back and thinking ‘no, I don’t like it, I’m going to send it back, I “I do my job,” he was actually hiding in the field and that can’t happen.
“A manager has to come in and make the most of such great talent. When he was at Dortmund, I know it might be an easier league, but he was playing against players, winning the ball, passing people , showed speed and skill.
“Today he’s collapsing in a Manchester United shirt, and that’s the biggest thing watching this game today, I was taken aback.”
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