Jadon Sancho is a “shadow” of his former self and has a challenge to ignite his Manchester United career, says Jamie Redknapp, whilst Roy Keane is worried for “lost” Marcus Rashford and wants the club to get to the bottom of his dramatic loss of form.
The England duo’s form was discussed in the wake of an impressive first start of the season for Anthony Elanga as Manchester United drew 2-2 with Aston Villa. The 19-year-old was selected ahead of Sancho, who cost United £73m in the summer but only has one Premier League goal to his name this season.
Elanga looked full of intent and energy on the left flank and United missed his influence when he was replaced by Sancho with 12 minutes to play as Ralf Rangnick’s side allowed a two-goal lead to slip.
Rangnick said Elanga “showed what I expected of him and why I decided to play him from the start” when asked whether the young Swedish star is now ahead of Sancho in the pecking order but added: “We’ve got so many games to play, I’m not thinking who is ahead of who.”
However, Redknapp feels Sancho now has a very difficult task of convincing the manager to pick him in front of Elanga.
“Sancho has a massive challenge on,” Redknapp said.
“He made an impact today when he came onto the pitch. When you come on, you hope to make a bit of magic but in this case, he’s come on and the team has drawn 2-2 when he’s supposed to be the player to help the team.