Sancho’s slow start at Dortmund can offer optimism to Manchester United fans


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Although the Manchester United shirt might be weighing heavy on Jadon Sancho’s shoulders right now, there is no reason to press the panic button.

Understandably, a lot of expectation arrived with Sancho after he jetted in from Borussia Dortmund just two months ago.

One of Europe’s most exciting talents returned to the city where his footballing journey had begun, but in red not blue.

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Not only did the forward’s days at Dortmund heighten the anticipation, the £73m (Sky Sports) price tag piled on the pressure.

But after five appearances, the enthusiasm surrounding Sancho’s move has seemingly disintegrated.

The hype is no more, devoured by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Another presence in the picture, one that takes up the whole canvas.

Yet, it’s not just the recruitment of Ronaldo that is dousing Sancho’s flame.

His performances up to this point have not warranted much merit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started the 21-year-old in United’s bloodcurdling Champions League defeat to Young Boys last night.

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Sancho struggled to stamp his authority on the match, constantly misplacing passes or losing possession.

He was dragged off at 37 minutes, thanks to Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card.

It says quite a lot that Solskjaer decided to sacrifice the England international over any of his teammates.

This topped off what’s been a tough start for life as a Red Devil.

However, all is not lost.

Sit tight for Sancho

United fans have a right to be frustrated at the early signs protruding from Sancho, yet patience is definitely needed.

If history is anything to go by, the young attacker needs time to settle into his new surroundings.

Things did certainly not click instantly when he joined Dortmund in 2017.

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He made played just 12 times for the seniors in his debut campaign, scoring only one goal and providing four assists.

Even for the development side, Sancho mustered four goals and three assists.

Admittedly, several injuries prevented his BVB journey from flying out of the traps immediately.

A second season came around and it still took the former Manchester City star five Bundesliga games to ripple the net.

In the Champions League, it was matchday three by the time he was reeling off in celebration.

So, United supporters, do not get aggravated. The best is still to come.

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