‘It’s not FIFA’ – Ince bemoans Man Utd showboating as he criticises Sancho, Lingard and Martial

Paul Ince has criticised Manchester United’s showboating and has called on the club’s underperforming stars to play ‘proper football’.

United crashed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek following a 1-0 defeat to West Ham at Old Trafford, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rotated side produced a disappointing performance.


Ince was critical of the Red Devils’ performance and singled out summer signing Jadon Sancho, who has endured a difficult start since his highly-anticipated move from Borussia Dortmund.

Ince likened Sancho’s expressive playing style to ‘a FIFA game’ and says the 21-year-old must learn, urging the winger to concentrate on playing ‘proper football’.

“I get that Sancho is still learning, he’s still young,” Ince told The United Stand.

“But this is not a FIFA game, it’s not all about dribbling and trying to beat two, three, four players or little flicks and that.

“Yeah, it’s nice when they come off but the likes of Sancho and Lingard, all these flicks, just play proper football.”

Ince also criticised the likes of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard for holding onto possession, revealing his irritation with the trio’s refusal to keep things simple.

“Honestly, it winds me up! If you watch players like Giggs, they get it and they pass, one-twos and get one-on-one… we just want to keep running with the ball, trying little flicks, little backheels.

“That’s what I saw with Martial, I saw it at times with Lingard and with Sancho and that’s where they need to learn that it’s not all about dribbling. Sometimes you can pass your way through players and get yourself in the box.”

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