Manchester United returned to familiar winning ways when they secured all three points in a 2-1 win over Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday at Old Trafford.
But while the feel-good factor was in full flow following Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-gasp winner, the form of £73million summer signing Jadon Sancho continues to prove a concern.
Sancho has struggled to get going so far after his summer switch from Borussia Dortmund and again made little impact despite starting the European fixture.
Even England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted Sancho does not really deserve his place in the latest squad, but has been kept in out of loyalty.
Yet while Sancho is still finding his feet, United can take reassurance that he will eventually come good.
That fact will not be lost on those at the club who did not give up on their pursuit for the 21-year-old, who they were prepared to pay more for a year prior.
Sancho may be going through a difficult moment, but he has already proved he has the tools at his disposal to be a hit on the big stage.
The England winger has played just five games in the Premier League so far and will inevitably take time to settle in.
In the modern game, incessant demand from fans to see immediate success often adds unnecessary pressure.
Criticism certainly isn’t going to help. Not to mention the hefty price tag he is carrying around on his shoulders.
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But Sancho has already shown he is a class act, and with the right time and space he will be able to display his qualities just like he did at Dortmund.
His stats speak for themselves. In 104 Bundesliga appearances, Sancho provided a goal or assist every 90 minutes and scored 38 times in total.
And his career best 17 goals in just 32 league appearances in Germany in the 2019-20 was enough to convince United he was the man they should be going after.
Only the magnificent Robert Lewandowski (34) and an in-form Timo Werner at RB Leipzig (28) scored more that season and both of whom were playing up front and were on penalty duty throughout the entire campaign.
Former United defender John O’Shea has tipped Sancho for success and thinks it’ll only be a matter of time before the midfielder comes good at Old Trafford.
“He’ll get there,” O’Shea told talkSPORT. “In terms of ability and settling in, different players are different everywhere. I know he grew up with City’s academy and getting used to things again … he’s shown glimpses already, his fitness is building up and he’ll be back creating goals, assists and scoring goals again very soon.”
Solskjaer’s side will play host to Everton in the early kick-off on Saturday at Old Trafford and Sancho will be hoping he continues to be given a chance to prove his move to United was money well spent.