Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United are starting to see real talent in Jadon Sancho now as the summer signing has adjusted to the rigors of Premier League football and rebuilt his confidence that.
In the face of the England international’s protracted pursuit, the Old Trafford giants finally got their men after agreeing a £73million deal with Borussia Dortmund.
Sancho looked like a player who had lit up the Bundesliga early in the season, only as Rangnick’s arrival gradually brought a boost to his performance and self-belief.
The 21-year-old forward produced another impressive display as United beat Tottenham 3-2 on Saturday night and Rangnick was excited by his progress.
“Ultimately, they are all human. Just because he costs a lot of money doesn’t mean he will play at that level to begin with.
“He told me it was of course a problem for him to recalibrate the intensity of the tournament, with the physicality of the tournament.
“Now he has done it. I’m happy to see him playing at such a level right now. ”
Rangnick said the winger “is now getting closer to the Jadon Sancho I know from Germany”, adding “in the end it’s confidence”.
“When I got here, it was clear that we had to try everything to help him get the best version of himself,” added the interim boss.
“And the same is actually – I repeat myself – for a player like Marcus Rashford, for example.”
Sancho has the ability to keep fans’ attention and will likely play a key role in Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 second leg against Atletico Madrid, and so will Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 37-year-old missed a humiliating derby defeat to Manchester City because of a hip problem but came back with a bang on Saturday scoring a hat-trick and taking the lead from the front.
He told me that of course it was a matter of him adjusting to the intensity of the tournament, to the physicality of the tournament.Ralf Rangnick on Jadon Sancho
“Of course he’s an important player,” Rangnick said.
“Given his reputation and with the way he is still able to play, he certainly has an influence on the team but there are also other players on the team that have to be held accountable, who have to perform, who have Can be the leader of the team.
“He can be a leader with a performance like that. Here’s what I’ve been telling him since I arrived, that with a performance like (Saturday) he could be one of the driving forces of the team.
“But we have quite a few other players who can do the same, including Fred, Harry (Maguire), Rapha (Varane), Victor (Lindelof), whoever.
“Even Edi (Cavani) when he came on in the last 10 or 15 minutes showed how important he can still be and what role he can play for the team.
“I wish he would be available until the end of the season. It has been a shame and also not good for our team to be without him for the past six weeks. ”
Cavani will be back when Atleti gets to town, but Rangnick isn’t sure if Scott McTominay will return after a calf complaint.
Luke Shaw will be available after Covid-19 but Bruno Fernandes “could be a last-minute race” tested positive at the time of checking for problems at the club.
Rangnick added: “We have to be careful with Covid tests. “So is David (De Gea).
“David (on Friday) was out, he was not allowed to play but then it turned out the first quick test was wrong.
“He did one or two more rapid tests followed by a PCR test and the results were negative. I just decided in the morning (Saturday) that he was going to play.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/ralf-rangnick-feels-jadon-sancho-is-approaching-his-best-form-for-man-utd-41443235.html Ralf Rangnick feels Jadon Sancho is in his best form for Man Utd