It’s been a bittersweet week for Jadon Sancho at Manchester United.
His long-awaited return to boys’ club Watford last weekend ended in humiliation, a day later the manager who fought so hard to bring him back to English football was fired. Two days later, he delivered his most convincing performance to date, scoring his first United goal in away win against Villarreal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Michael Carrick have both shown their faith in Sancho over the past seven days and the future interim manager Ralf Rangnick is another coach who shares the same high hopes for United’s summer signing.
A year ago, Rangnick described Sancho as ‘one of the hottest players’ in world football, and under his guidance, the English national team player was able to turn up the heat a bit and really kick-start his Old Trafford career.
Sancho has not lacked chances this season, but he has lacked confidence as he struggles to adapt to the Premier League and restoring his confidence will be a key task for Rangnick in his first few weeks at the club.
As a student of German football, the experienced coach will be well aware of the differences between the Bundesliga and other European leagues, many years of insight that could be the key to helping Sancho adapt to his new surroundings.
This is the second season in a row where Sancho has suffered from a slow start, but as his time at Dortmund showed, things can easily pick up speed.
The English national team player scored just one goal and scored four assists during his first season in German football before flourishing in his second with a return of 12 goals and 18 assists. By the end of his time at the club, he had 50 goals and 64 assists from just 137 appearances, an important reminder of why Solskjær wanted to buy him.
Part of the problem for Sancho is that because he is English, he is being treated as a home-made talent, while the £ 72.9 million addition is in fact a foreign arrival as his professional years have been spent in the Bundesliga.
“Every player has slow periods,” former Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said of Sancho a year ago. “There was a lot of talk about Jadon in the summer, something like that can also have an impact.
“But no player is consistently in top form for a year, that’s impossible. You have to accept that.”
Favre was interviewed for United’s temporary role earlier this week, but it is Rangnick who will sit at the wheel and be tasked with unleashing Sancho’s true qualities.
With an emphasis on collective effort rather than individual talent, the former Dortmund dynamo is expected to play a lot under the new manager and form an important part of his rejuvenated squad for the rest of the season.
Having played as good as part of a pressured Dortmund team defending from the front line, it looks like Sancho will fit in perfectly with Rangnick as he looks set to make his mark at Old Trafford, though is easier said than done. .
The English national team player still needs to earn the trust of his new manager with his approach to training sessions and prove that he deserves a starting role as part of a striker who is expected to constantly push when out of possession.
In a flash, we have seen the raw talent of the young United, who hopes to make the right-wing role his own in the coming years, but after a difficult litter in the process, what he needs right now is careful guidance to restore themselves. -believe.
Sancho has all the ingredients needed to become a United major, he just needs the right system to help him put them all together.