Man Utd must ruthlessly ditch £350k-p/w dud who needs to give “so much more” v Sevilla

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Manchester United is currently preparing for what will be a crucial few days in the remainder of the season. The Red Devils will play Sevilla in the Europa League today evening before facing Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup semifinal on Sunday.

The Old Trafford team enters tonight’s match having conceded late in the first leg of their matchup a week ago, blowing a two-goal lead after losing key players Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez to injuries.

Fears may be brewing that the six-time champions of the competition could once again find a way to win at home after that bizarre conclusion at the Theatre of Dreams, in which both Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire scored unfortunate own goals, has kept the tie in a tight 2-2 tie heading into the meeting in Seville.

Erik ten Hag will need to make a decision regarding the forward line, with struggling asset Jadon Sancho seemingly needing to make way, if his team is to avoid further disappointment against the Andalusian outfit after losing to the La Liga side in both the Europa League and Champions League in recent times.

Will Sancho face Sevilla at the start?

It would seem unjust to keep criticizing the forward’s flaws, but it is becoming clear why Ten Hag is reportedly getting “increasingly impatient” with the £73 million player, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The winger has started the last three Premier League games, as well as the two meetings with tonight’s opponents, but despite this increased playing time, he has only contributed to one goal, setting up Scott McTominay with a deft, threaded pass in the victory over Everton.

In reality, United supporters haven’t seen nearly enough of these magical moments from the Englishman during his stay at the team thus far, with the mercurial talent having disappointed last time out against Nottingham Forest.

The Red Devils simply needed “so much more” from the wide player in the final third, according to MEN columnist Samuel Luckhurst, with Sancho especially missing a gilt-edged, early chance from close range.

The 23-year-old’s struggles also prompted GOAL’s Richard Martin to give the former Borussia Dortmund player a harsh evaluation, giving him a 4/10 match rating and writing:

“Almost nothing offered the entire game.” Was too unsure of himself and too afraid to challenge players. How much longer will this go on until he is fired?

The £350k-per-week flop, who is reportedly the “quietest” of United’s front line, was very unproductive from his wide position, adding to the impact of Marcus Rashford’s absence as the team’s top scorer.

However, given that the latter guy has resumed training, it is possible that he may participate later today in some capacity. Additionally, players like Anthony Elanga and Facundo Pellistri might be vying for the starting position.

As a result, it would not be entirely surprising if Sancho were not included in Ten Hag’s starting XI this evening.

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