Jadon Sancho’s arrival at Manchester United over the summer was one of the worst-kept secrets in football, and it was hoped that he would be the catalyst to bring the 20-time English champions back to their former glory.
It’s left Sancho as just another one of United’s many outstanding attacking options rather than the star attraction, but after his slow start to the campaign, perhaps that’s a blessing in disguise.
At Dortmund, the England international cultivated a reputation as one of the most exciting, promising young forward players in the European game after bagging 50 goals and providing 64 assists in 137 appearances.
He has found life slightly tougher in the Premier League so far, though. He has yet to make any goal contributions or create any big chances in his four outings, while also averaging just 0.8 key passes per game and successfully completing only 38% of his dribbles, as per SofaScore.
Rather than panic and condemn Sancho to the sidelines for an indiscriminate amount of time until the £175,000-per-week gem is deemed ready for the demands placed upon him at United, Solskjaer must keep faith with his new acquisition.
The English top-flight’s history is littered with world-class performers who took time to settle when arriving from a foreign league before going on to produce their best form, and Sancho’s previous exploits indicate that he’ll be no different.
“When I saw Jadon and Reiss (Nelson) I thought ‘these boys are mad,'” Sayce Holmes-Lewis, a former coach and teacher, explained to the Daily Mail (as relayed by Bundesliga.com). “Jadon was just making people look stupid. The nutmegs, the skills. Some were outrageous. And it was other academy players they were doing this against.”
The 21-year-old carried his quality from school level to Manchester City and from the Cityzens to Dortmund. Given time, he’ll surely do the same at United, and a trip to the Wankdorf Stadium this evening could be the ideal place to start.
Therefore, Solskjaer must select Sancho from the off once again against Young Boys, allowing him time to adapt to his new surroundings and build some momentum at the start of a gruelling campaign. The English winger could yet be a game-changer for the Red Devils if he replicates his numbers from Dortmund.