Former Manchester United player Paul Ince has launched a devastating attack on new winger Jadon Sancho, accusing him – along with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial – of showboating instead of playing ‘real football’.
Sancho joined United with great fanfare for £ 73million this summer, when he was one of the Bundesliga’s top wingers at Borussia Dortmund.
But the England international has found it difficult to settle at Old Trafford so far, starting only twice in the Premier League and yet to have completed a full 90 minutes in the league.
Paul Ince hit on Jadon Sancho for showboating at Manchester United pitch
Ince said Sancho (left) and Jesse Lingard (right) had to ‘play football right’ and not show up
Ince said Sancho should learn ‘it’s not FIFA’
After scoring 50 goals and producing 64 assists in 137 games for Dortmund, Sancho has yet to show his best form in his new colors – the 21-year-old has neither goals nor assists for United in his seven first appearances.
Ince berated the delicate winger for appearing more concerned with showing off his skills than producing on the pitch.
“I understand Sancho is still learning, he’s still young,” Ince told The United Stand.
“But it’s not a FIFA game, it’s not just about dribbling and dribbling and trying to beat two, three, four players or little movies and all that.
“Yeah, it’s good when they come out, but people like Sancho and Lingard, all those movies, just play soccer. “
Ince, who was a mainstay of the Red Devils midfielder in the 90s, said the way the United trio played irritated him and compared them to Ryan Giggs, the young superstar at the time.
Ince compared the United trio to Ryan Giggs, who was the star of the squad when Ince played
“Honestly, that annoys me! If you look at players like Giggs, they get it and they pass, one-two and one-on-one… we just want to keep running with the ball, trying little kicks, little back heels.
“That’s what I saw with Martial, I’ve seen it sometimes with Lingard and with Sancho and that’s where they have to learn that it’s not just about dribbling. Sometimes you can make your way through players and get in the box.
Ince continued to express his frustration with Martial, whom he saw as not being committed to United by his attitude in the club’s 1-0 loss to West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Ince also criticized Anthony Martial, saying he “didn’t want to be there” against West Ham
“How many people are ahead of Martial now?” Was he going to enter the transfer window? Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) said no and it’s still part of his plans, ”he said.
“I just looked at Martial’s body language and I was like, ‘Does he really want to be there on a Wednesday night? “, And some players do. When they’re not involved in the first team on a Saturday, they think, “Why am I playing in the Carabao Cup ?! “
“You feel that body language with Martial. He didn’t want to be there.