Sancho has shown flashes of talent, which Manchester United have shelled out £73million in recent months for failing to gain momentum on their first UK return
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Jadon Sancho was quite a bore Manchester United this season – but perhaps his club should have listened to Jamie Carragher a little sooner.
The England winger, 21, initially struggled for form following his £73million move from Borussia Dortmund last summer – more than a year after United originally started vying for his signing. His arrival was greeted with much anticipation, but that quickly turned into a test when Sancho failed to get going at Old Trafford.
It was probably only after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fans have gotten a real taste of what the youngster can offer, with two goals in as many games right after the Norwegian’s departure. But Ralf Rangnick appeared to struggle with the same conundrum once his tenure began – until he made a key change Carragher had highlighted when the season was just getting started.
Sancho has been hailed as the solution to Man Utd’s right wing problem – one that had struggled to be filled with real sovereignty since the days of Cristiano Ronaldo. It was somewhat ironic as the return of the same player then reduced Sancho’s chances of playing time.
However, Rangnick has found a lot of joy in using Sancho on the other side in recent months. The caretaker coach’s decision to finally settle on a 4-3-3 formation, coupled with Marcus Rashford’s disappointing form, gave Sancho a chance to try his hand at left flank, just as he had successfully done in the Bundesliga .
Indeed, it was Carragher who suggested in his predictions for the season that Sancho could be the most devastating in this area. “I think he could be a superstar, I really do,” Carragher said Sky Sports. “Look at his numbers in German football. Gary [Neville] mentioned they need that player on the right flank, sometimes I think he’s just as good on the left if you look at his stats.”
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After shaking off some of his preseason struggles, Sancho has now bagged two First League Goals under Rangnick and three assists – all from the left. His only other goal during that period – a superb strike against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup – also came from a position to the left of the penalty area.
His last goal Manchester City was a brief glimmer of joy for United fans amid an otherwise sad afternoon, revealing just how far the club have slipped from their former glory. Much of Sancho’s difficulty settling at United this season could perhaps be attributed to the chaos at his new employers, with few faces of repute emerging from this season.
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But with a new manager set to arrive in the summer, Sancho is starting to find his feet, which bodes well for his club, just as Carragher expected when he doubled down on his pre-season claim that the winger was the one to look out for one should watch this campaign.
“I’m not trying to back away from that,” Carragher said in December. “I really wanted to see Jadon Sancho because I had spoken so much about how good he was at Dortmund. And I think at the end of last season we didn’t put him in our EURO squad and we got a lot of stick for that on social media. I hadn’t seen enough of him and when I saw him in an England shirt I wasn’t that impressed.
“He was someone to watch, like ‘I want to see what he’s about.’ Look, it didn’t start well for him but he’s still a young player, he’s got plenty of time, a few years at United, but you’d definitely want a little bit more from him, no doubt.”
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