Micky Gray has some good old fashioned advice for Jadon Sancho, who is embroiled in a public headline-grabbing spat with Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

He should apologise to his manager, knuckle down – and show what a fantastic player he is. That’s the straightforward view of ex-Reds youth player Gray, who made his name at Sunderland.

He told Betfred TV that Sancho has not really fitted in at Old Trafford. The bust-up was sparked after Ten Hag criticised Sancho over his training, and said that was why he wasn’t in the squad for the defeat at Arsenal.

Sancho said he didn’t accept that, and said via a social media post he was being made the scapegoat. Gray meanwhile believes under-fire United and England defender Harry Maguire does need to move on so his career can flourish – but reckons another top four Premier League finish for the troubled Reds is possible if their away form improves.

He joked that with his Sunderland background he doesn’t like talking about Newcastle, although admitted their recruitment under Eddie Howe has “gone really well.” And he predicted their “fortress at St James ” will soon propel them into the top half of the table.

But on the pressures of home support, Gray said Goodison Park fans can get on the back of struggling Everton players, who are not helped by the direct tactics of boss Sean Dyche. Speaking before the boardroom takeover, Gray believes this could be the season the Toffees are relegated.

How about leaders Manchester City? Micky assesses their start to ’23/24, and casts his eye elsewhere in the Premier League. Fair to say I think he’s glad its back – and so say all of us!

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