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Man Utd hero tells Solskjaer which player he ‘simply has to’ play amid poor form

Paul Parker feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to start playing Jadon Sancho, believing the winger’s painfully slow start to his Manchester United career will be ‘causing massive unrest within the club.’

The Red Devils suffered their fourth defeat of the Premier League season so far on Saturday at the hands of Manchester City, leaving them sixth in the table and nine points off the top.

Sancho has been given few chances to impress in the first time despite their struggles and his big money move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

The England international arrived for £73m from the German side after a long pursuit from United and Parker feels that his lack of impact is hurtful to the club.

The former Red Devils defender believes it is time for Solskjaer to start placing his trust in the winger as giving him a run of games is the only way to reap any rewards from his signing.

‘If Manchester United publicly chased Sancho for 18 months, and then buy him for £70 million, they simply have to get him playing,’ Parker told BonusCodeBets.

‘He’s an Englishman, he knows football in England and there’s no excuse for him. For anyone to come out and say he needs time to adjust to the Premier League is rubbish. It’s football. He’s English and he understands it. He went from an English side to go to Germany. His game, and everything about him, would have improved by going out there.’

Sancho has started just three Premier League games since his summer arrival, two of which United won, but he has been on the bench for each of the last three.

A recent switch in formation to 5-3-2 has made it almost impossible for the winger to fit in, but Parker feels Solskjaer must find a way.

‘Unless Jadon Sancho is doing something in training that the manager doesn’t like, or that he’s got to play others ahead of him, if you’re the person that’s paid that £70 million, you’d be asking why they’ve paid all that money for him, alongside his wages which will be over £100,000 a week. Are they going to give him the opportunity to earn some money?’ Parker added.

‘He has to play more than one game so he can get a run in the team and feel a part of it. All it’s doing is causing massive unrest within the club, and definitely with him.’

Sancho has not only been given a lack of game time, but has also failed to light up the pitch when he has made it onto the grass, failing to register a single goal or assist for United yet.

As such, he has been left out of the England squad for the current international break, but will be hoping he can use the time to impress Solskjaer and return to the fold for their trip to Watford on 20 November.

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