Manchester United continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign with a scrappy 1-0 win over Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.
Mason Greenwood’s late goal was the only strike of the match as the Red Devils snatched a winner after a number of openings created by Wolves were not taken. David de Gea’s agility allowed him to make a stunning double save, before Greenwood’s low effort squirmed past Jose Sa at the other end.
This comes after they beat Leeds 5-1 on the opening day of the season and were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at St. Mary’s. They face Newcastle at Old Trafford after the international break, which could – potentially – see Cristiano Ronaldo make his return if he is deemed fit enough to play.
Despite picking up the three points against Wolves, one player, in particular, let Ole Gunnar Solskjaer down with his performance on the pitch – Jadon Sancho.
The England international, who signed from Borussia Dortmund this summer, made his full debut for the club alongside Raphael Varane, but failed to show the best of his abilities. Whilst Varane helped United keep a clean sheet with a solid display at centre-back, Sancho had next to no influence in the final third and was substituted after 72 minutes.
In his time on the field, the ex-Dortmund star lost 100% of his duels – losing all four of his ground duels and his solitary aerial battle. This suggests that he was slightly off the pace on his first start, as he was beaten to the pulp by the Wolves players every time he went in for a 50/50 challenge.
He also struggled when he had the ball at his feet. Sancho failed to create a single chance for his teammates and did not attempt a single shot, whilst taking 40 touches. The forward often dropped into a pocket on the left channel before passing backwards to Luke Shaw or inside to Bruno Fernandes, whilst failing with the one attempt he made to dribble past an opponent.
This shows that, along with his failure to compete in physical duels, he was unable to make the desired impact in the final third. Per SofaScore, he received the lowest match rating (6.1) in the United XI, with Dan James (6.6) and Fred (6.6) next in line just ahead of him.
Therefore, the £350k-per-week earner let Ole down with his full debut performance and will surely be more motivated than before to put things right when United host Newcastle after the international break. Hopefully, he can have a successful time away with England and build some confidence ahead of his return to Old Trafford.
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