Manchester United might want to utilise Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek better after their performance against Atalanta.
The Red Devils initially looked as if they were in for another disappointment, but Cristiano Ronaldo put the Serie A side to rest with 2 equalisers and secured a point for his team. Although the Portuguese deservedly took all the spotlight, it was Sancho and Van de Beek who made the comeback possible.
For Ronaldo’s second goal, the playmaking duo were heavily involved; it would be fair to say they deserve as much credit as the goal-scorer. The Englishman’s dribble and the former Ajax man’s cheeky pass from inside the penalty area allowed the veteran striker to exploit the disorganised Atalanta defense.
The Italian side were left in confusion during the build-up all thanks to the former Borussia Dortmund man and the Netherlands international.
Which begs the question – why do they fail to become a consistent presence in the first XI? Of course, they have failed to adapt to English football quickly as one would hope for, but the pair clearly have the talent and flair to create chances that most United players cannot produce.
On the other hand, they do have issues regarding consistency and lack of physicality. But their attributes are perfect against compact defences.
However, this also means someone from the first XI will have to be dropped. The Dutchman can take over Paul Pogba’s place until he gets back on form, but the England international may struggle to win Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s favour to start over Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
Whatever the case may be, it is clear that there is a good player in each of them. Now, it is up to the gaffer to use them in a way that brings the best out of both.