Throughout the last two weeks, Jadon Sancho has provided a light of hope for Manchester United.
While Manchester United have had a terrible few weeks, Jadon Sancho has been able to provide Ralf Rangnick and the fans with a much-needed ray of hope.
United’s long-term target, England international Ashley Young, has now begun to show why the club spent so much money to get him to Old Trafford in the summer of last year after he arrived from Borussia Dortmund. Past month, he was awarded the club’s in-house Player of the Month title for February after starting five of the Reds’ last six Premier League games.
With the help of recent weeks, Sancho has discovered the consistency and continuity that he had been looking for on the left side, which is the opposite flank to which he was originally purchased. He had been brought in to help United with their long-standing search for a right-sided winger, thus it is rather ironic that his best performances in red have so far come in other leagues, such as the Bundesliga. If anything, it serves as the ideal metaphor for the season that United has had thus far.
Sancho, on the other hand, has made an impression on the left flank in recent weeks, quickly rising to become one of the first names on the squad sheet. The fact that he has scored three goals and added two assists in his previous eight appearances shows how much he has benefited from being given a consistent run of games in the same position.
On the surface, five goals and achieving long – term in 31 games for a player who cost more than £70 million would be a far cry from of the return on investment that United would have hoped to see at this point, despite the fact that Sancho has only been at the club for a little more than a year. However, following a rough start to what is turning out to be a dreadful season for the club, the former Dortmund player has refused to give up and wait for the reset button to be pressed ahead of the start of the new season.
As a result of rolling up his sleeves and putting in the effort, he has listened carefully to what Rangnick has stated. Due to the fact that, ahead of the 1-1 draw with Southampton last month, a game in which Sancho scored his second Premier League goal, Rangnick disclosed that he had met with the youngster individually to discuss how he could rev up his career in England after a poor first few months.
“He did [better], but this was absolutely essential,” Rangnick remarked. Our chats were numerous, even just between Jadon and myself. Jadon and I have known each other for at least four or five years. In fact, I was attempting to get him to Leipzig when he was 17 years old, and certainly, this is exactly the kind of performance we need him to put in on a regular basis going forward.
“As for him, he still has room to grow and enhance his performances, but there has been a noticeable improvement in recent weeks,” says the coach. He’s in good shape right now, and the focus now is on ensuring that he can maintain this level of performance indefinitely.”
For the record, I’ve known Jadon for at least four or five years. In fact, I was attempting to get him to Leipzig when he was 17 years old, and certainly, this is exactly the kind of performance we need him to put in on a regular basis going forward.
He, too, has room to grow and improve his performances, but there has been a noticeable improvement in recent weeks, which is encouraging,” says the coach. He’s in good shape right now, and the focus now is on ensuring that he can maintain this level of performance indefinitely.”
The situation in the United Garden may not be ideal right now. Although they have experienced a number of mishaps, failures, and disappointments along the way, they have realized that Sancho, with a little bit of patience and guidance, has the potential to blossom into an Old Trafford legend.