After a three-year wait and pursuit of one of their most sought-after targets, Manchester United finally got their man in the person of Jadon Sancho. The attacking talent who had turned heads in the German Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, was brought in by the Red Devils for a princely sum of £73 million pounds – making him one of the most-expensive players in the club’s history.
But after two months in the colours of Manchester United, it is beginning to look as if Sancho has become one of those players who have failed to make the grade at Old Trafford. In the games in which the England international has featured in, it is unbelievable that this was a player in high demand due to his excellent displays in the German top-flight.
In the past, there have been players who came through the door at Old Trafford with a lot of fanfare but ended up struggling with the demands of English football, case in point Angel di Maria. The worrying thing about Jadon Sancho is that he has the idea of English football, having come through the ranks at neighbours and fierce rivals Manchester City. One would safely assume that Sancho would easily slot in and deliver the goods for United.
But all is not yet doom and gloom for the young Englishman. There is this belief that he can turn things around, because he has the talent to do so. Former Manchester United defender and captain Gary Neville is of the opinion that Jadon Sancho’s cameo appearance was the biggest positive that coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have taken from Saturday’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford.
The England winger stepped off the bench after 57 minutes to replace Martial and brought thrust and pace to United’s forward line. The summer signing showed plenty of willingness to get on the ball and run at Everton’s defenders, showing glimpses as to why the club was so keen to secure his signature for so long. Neville believes the Reds can take encouragement from Sancho’s introduction in the second half.
Neville said: “I thought that was the one big positive from the match. Sancho got on the pitch after a difficult start and I think Man United fans are still working him out and still getting to know him, and he’s still working out Man United. He will go into the international break with a little bit of confidence and it will send him off in a happier mood than if he hadn’t featured against Everton.”
It may have taken Jadon Sancho time to fully adjust to the rigours of top-flight Premier League football, but expect him to come through in style.