Jadon Sancho hasn’t lived up to the hype at Man Utd after joining from Borussia Dortmund for £73m in the summer but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows how to improve the winger
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Jadon Sancho will come good at Manchester United – despite a poor start to his Old Trafford career.
Much was expected of England winger Sancho when United finally landed him in the summer at the second time of asking in a £73million deal from Borussia Dortmund.
But the 21-year-old has struggled so far at United, with England boss Gareth Southgate admitting Sancho was lucky to be included in his latest squad.
In five starts and three substitute appearances for United, Sancho has yet to score or produce an assist and has completed 90 minutes just once.
All this from a player who thrived at Dortmund, scoring 50 goals and racking up 64 assists from 137 games for the Bundesliga club.
Despite Sancho’s difficulty at adapting to life at United and the Premier League, Solskjaer said he has complete faith the forward will prove a success.
“Jadon was exceptional on Wednesday against Villarreal,” said Solskjaer.
“He was electric and the crowd loved him. I think he felt that connection with the crowd.
“That’s what we want from him – to be direct, positive, go past players numerous times.
“Yeah, he’s not scored yet, but that night I thought ‘yeah, that’s Jadon and we’re going to see loads of that’.
“Gareth also said it’s important Jadon knows they [England] believe in him. They’ve invested time in him.
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“He will be a top player and performances are going to come. We’ve got players here he can learn from and help him adapt.
“You’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani to learn from, in terms of their professionalism and how they conduct themselves.
“He also has his team mates – Marcus [Rashford], Jesse [Lingard] and Luke [Shaw] from the national team, so he’ll come good, we’ve got absolutely no worries.”
Solskjaer criticised the fixture scheduling which sees United host Everton at lunchtime today, less than 72 hours after they beat Villarreal 2-1 at Old Trafford.
“We’ve had no explanation, but it’s TV, of course,” Solskjaer said. “There’s no common sense at all.
“We had the same scenario last season when we were in Turkey and came back and played at Everton on Saturday lunchtime.
“Us and Chelsea both played on Wednesday and could have easily played on Sunday ,while City and Liverpool could have been on Saturday. Common sense might not be so common.”
Marcus Rashford is set to make his long-awaited return from shoulder surgery after the international break, away to Leicester on October 16.