Gary Neville’s pre-season prediction on Manchester United attacker Jadon Sancho has been proven right deep into the campaign.
Ahead of the Premier League season, there was a lot of expectation surrounding the former Borussia Dortmund star after his exploits in the Bundesliga. But United full-back Neville felt there would be a delay in the England youngster hitting the ground running.
That has been proven right, with Sancho taking until November 23rd to net his first United goal. The 21-year-old has managed five goal contributions in his past eight games, justifying Neville’s warning to those over-hyping the England man in the summer.
“To be honest, Jadon Sancho in this moment of time… we get carried away,” he told Sky Sports. “I think we’ve got an amazing group of young English players.
“But we have to consider the other players that exist, Brazilian players, Argentine players, German players, Belgium players, we are not the only country in the world. That’s how it was as an England player and an England coach, ‘we have a golden generation’.
“You say golden generation and obviously it was Becks [David Beckham], Stevie [Steven Gerrard], Frank [Lampard], [Wayne] Rooney, but then Brazil had Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, what’s that… platinum? You say we have a golden generation but you forget these other countries have world stars.
“It’s like, ‘hang on a second’. Argentina have [Sergio] Aguero, [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Lionel] Messi, [Angel] Di Maria, how good are they compared to Jadon Sancho? Jadon Sancho is nowhere near these players. Let’s be clear, Jadon Sancho is a talent, but we can’t start putting him in the category with world stars who are winning European Cups and World Cups regularly, season in season out.”