Danny Mills feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked if reports he is trying to turn Jadon Sancho into a wing-back are revealed to be true.
Sancho, 21, arrived to much fanfare in the summer after United paid Borussia Dortmund £73m for his services. A great deal was expected of the Londoner after his exploits with the Bundesliga outfit. Having spent two years in the Manchester City youth setup, Sancho signed for Dortmund in August 2017.
And he went on to score 50 goals from 137 appearances in all competitions for BVB. Links to United surfaced and the Red Devils finally firmed up their interest by taking him to Old Trafford.
But it has been a slow start to his career at the Theatre of Dreams. The England wide man has started three Premier League games for the north-west giants.
However, he has not been given the nod since the 4-2 loss to Leicester City. He has made 13 appearances in all competitions but is yet to score or register an assist.
It is all a far cry from his experience in Germany when he regularly lit up the Bundesliga. His dip in form is one of a number of problems for Solskjaer to deal with.
The side has not been gelling and the coach is under immense pressure to keep his job. It was reported by The Athletic earlier this month that the Norwegian had been playing Sancho as a wing-back in training.
Mills was astonished at the news and feels it is already enough ammunition for those who feel the boss should be jettisoned.
“Good luck turning him into a wing-back,” he told Football Insider. “He didn’t play for England too much in the Euros because I don’t think he was reliable enough to track back and do the defensive side of it. Dortmund never played him there.
“You bought a winger who is going to create chances and score goals. Suddenly you’re going to play him at wing-back in an unbelievably leaky defence. It’s like, really?
“That’s almost a sackable offence in itself.”
Sancho caught in United cross-fire
United seem rudderless at present. There are countless talented players in the squad but they are not pulling in the same direction.
There is still time to sort things out even if a title challenge seems out of the question. And it is the lack of leadership and direction that Mills feels is hurting the club.
He added: “Shall we put Cristiano Ronaldo at centre-half because he can head a ball? I think Ronaldo can head the ball better than the centre-halves at the moment so should they put him at centre-half?
“It’s more than a little bit ridiculous.”