Man Utd pair Jadon Sancho and Van de Beek struggling with confidence and quality, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

MANCHESTER UNITED manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek have been struggling.

United crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday at Old Trafford after losing 1-0 to West Ham following Manuel Lanzini’s winner.


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Jadon Sancho has been strugglingCredit: AFP

Solskjaer fielded a rotated side in which many hoped to see the likes of Sancho and Van de Beek shining through but the highly-rated pair couldn’t deliver.

The Norwegian manager was asked about the two players’ form after the game and admitted that they both lacked confidence and quality.

Solskjaer said: “I can’t complain about the effort.

“It has something to do with the rhythm. The confidence. Their best form isn’t there, as they haven’t played much.

“Good for them to get time, but we didn’t get the result.

“So like I said, there was a bit lacking in terms of quality, but not in terms of effort.”


Van de Beek joined United last year following a £35million deal with Ajax but the midfielder has struggled to stand out.

The Netherlands international has amassed a mere 39 appearances across all competitions for the Manchester giants.

Sancho was a long-term target for Solskjaer and finally moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund last summer for a hefty fee of £73m.

The England winger has yet to register a goal or assist for his new team following seven appearances.


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