Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho mocked Davinson Sanchez as a “weak link” while managing Manchester United — now the pair “work together”.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former Spurs man Darren Bent raised the issue of Mourinho’s controversial comments which came after United beat Sanchez’s old club Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final.
The Colombian completed a £42million transfer to Spurs later that summer, becoming the North London club’s record signing in the process.
Since then, Sanchez has come in for criticism from commentators who have been unsatisfied with the now-24-year-old’s progression.
He made a fatal error in the build-up to Fulham’s equalising goal last Wednesday, only heightening the unwanted attention on the 32-time international.
Bent highlighted Mourinho’s post-Europa League final comments but also pointed out one of Sanchez’s better attributes that gives him the edge over his Tottenham teammates, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld…
He told Football Insider: “I’m pretty sure Mourinho said to United, ‘Let him [Sanchez] have the ball.’ He thought he was a weak link. Now he’s working with him.
“He’s got great pace, he’s very powerful. But I think that will only get you so far. If defensively you’re out of position or you’re not a very good one-to-one defender and you’re up against players who are really sharp, you can’t have them bully you. You’ve got to be a little bit more patient with your defending. Sometimes Sanchez doesn’t do that.
“But we already know that. The reason he has to play there at centre-half is because they lack real pace. Eric Dier’s has done very well and we know how good Toby Alderweireld can be, but he is getting on in age.
“So if you don’t play Sanchez in there, that’s a real lack of pace, and that can get you into trouble.
“It’s a situation that Mourinho is going to have to address. They have good defenders but the game is about pace nowadays and if you haven’t got much of it you’re going to struggle.”
Mourinho made his comments about Sanchez in a lecture to postgraduate students at the University of Lisbon.
Since joining from Ajax, the mobile centre-back has played 133 times for Spurs, scoring one goal.