Jadon Sancho sent Manchester United formation change warning
Former England and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson has warned Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho could find himself ‘In trouble” if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer persists with a three-at-the-back formation.
Solskjaer, following United’s 5-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool just over a week, felt the need to tweak his side’s formation for Saturday’s trip to Tottenham, ditching his usual 4-2-3-1 formation for a 3-4-1-2 system, featuring wing-backs.
The decision proved to be a masterstroke by Solskjaer, with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and substitute Marcus Rashford sealing a comfortable, much-needed victory for United..
The Norwegian stuck with that formation against Atalanta in midweek, though reverted to a back four when Raphael Varane hobbled off with injury against the Italians, with Sancho featuring as a late substitute. But Solskjaer could use the back three this weekend against Man City.
Should he wish to do so, it could have a huge impact on the futures of several United players, not least Sancho, with a 3-4-1-2 system not set to offer any room for natural wingers.
And former Tottenham goalkeeper Robinson, who praised Solskjaer for getting his tactical approach against his old club correct, is fearing how big an impact a permanent formation change could have on summer signing Sancho.
“Solskjaer played it very well against Spurs,” Robinson told Football Insider. “They overran the midfield. The problem is, Sancho does not fit into that system.
“I cannot see Ole playing that system every week though. It was a tactical switch-up that they had clearly worked on in the week. They stumbled on a result and a performance.
“If they are to stick with that system Sancho is in trouble. Where would he play? He’s not going to play very often if it’s the case.
“I don’t think United will play that system every week but I’m sure Sancho is worried they will.”