Jadon Sancho’s dazzling display for England against Andorra in the Three Lions’ 5-0 romp came from him being deployed on the left wing, a position Manchester United are stacked in
The 21-year-old registered two assists as the Three Lions claimed a 5-0 victory over Andorra on Saturday in their World Cup qualifier – but not in the right-wing role which he was brought back to Manchester to shine in.
His dazzling display came from Gareth Southgate deploying him on the left, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has an embarrassment of riches and will find it difficult to accommodate another competitor there.
And with Marcus Rashford‘s imminent return from injury after resuming full training, Sancho is set to find himself a positional predicament following a fairly underwhelming start to his Old Trafford career.
His England team-mate is yet to feature so far this season due to undergoing shoulder surgery, but should be available following the ongoing international break.
Rashford’s 21 goals and 15 assists in 2020-21 – mostly from the left – saw him firm-up his place as an almost ever-present in the United XI under Solskjaer.
That was while Sancho, who arrived at Old Trafford for £73million during the summer transfer window, began to find form again at Borussia Dortmund on the same side, having previously starred on the right flank.
The right-wing slot has often been reserved for Mason Greenwood post-pandemic after Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho both struggled to find anyone more suited to the role than an out-of-position Juan Mata.
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Solskjaer recently lauded Sancho’s performance from the left in their Champions League win against Villarreal, responding to an admission made by Southgate, who said the winger’s outings at club level were ‘probably undeserving’ of a place in his squad.
“Was that interview done before Wednesday night?” the Norwegian asked regarding the Three Lions boss’ comments, which were made at a press conference on the Thursday.
“Jadon was exceptional, he was electric. The crowd loved him and I think he felt that connection,” Solskjaer claimed.
“He was direct, positive, he went past the full-back numerous times. Yes, he’s not scored yet but I thought, ‘that’s Jadon and we’re going to see lots of that.
He added: “Gareth has also said it’s important that Jadon knows [England] believe in him and are invested in him.”
Post-match in Andorra, Southgate urged the Red Devils to be patient with their newly-arrived star by noting the off-field factors potentially affecting his United form.
“We shouldn’t be surprised that for a young player to have such a big change in his life,” Southgate explained.
“New league, new club, different style of play, different training regime, back living in Manchester, moving house and everything that’s involved in that, that’s a lot to take in.
“So it’s going to need time but he showed a lot of the qualities that he has [on Saturday] and I know that will come with the club as well.”