Gabby Agbonlahor says he prefers to play Marko Arnautovic over Jadon Sancho on Manchester United and has urged the club’s fans to “stop living in the Fergie years” when it comes to their transfer expectations.
Former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor believes Arnautovic would have made United a stronger team this season and believes Red Devils fans need to be more realistic when it comes to the transfer market this summer.
“I don’t know who the United fans think they are,” Agbonlahor continued talkSPORT.
“Arnautovic makes that United squad a better team. They need to stop living in the Fergie years. Manchester United are now a club that cannot attract top players.
“It’s about ‘let’s look at the future, let’s look at younger players’. They’ve done that with Sancho and he can’t take anyone on. He takes the ball and passes it back to [Diogo] Dalot. He can’t head, he doesn’t attack players and get past players.
“Look at the wingers Manchester United have had in the past. [Antonio] Valencia … he used to run and take players on, get crosses. Even Nani was outstanding for United, taking players on and getting crosses in.
😡 “Who do Man Utd fans think they are?!”
👀 “They’re not in their Fergie years now. I’d rather have Arnautovic than Sancho!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) 10 August 2022
“Jadon Sancho doesn’t do that now. I’d rather have Arnautovic in my Manchester United team than Jadon Sancho at the moment.”
The Athletic have reported that United received a number of complaints from supporters about the idea of signing Arnautovic.
One such complaint was made by Michael Damevski, a fan of North Macedonian descent, who wrote a message to United asking how the signing of Arnautovic would equate to the club’s zero tolerance for racism.
Last year, the striker was handed a one-match ban after he used an alleged anti-Albanian slur during the country’s Euro 2020 match against North Macedonia.
Concerns were also raised by fans on social media over Arnautovic’s suitability for the team and his age, with the Austria international now 33.
But Agbonlahor believes age should not have been a factor in the club’s decision to sign Arnautovic.
“I don’t think it matters. If he makes that team better for a season then get him in, he’s a manager’s choice,” he added.
“Forget what the fans think. After he scores two goals they will change their mind and opinion.
“They don’t shop at Harrods anymore, they’re in a different place now. They’re a different Manchester United than before.”