Jadon Sancho’s career at Manchester United is yet to explode after a well-documented transfer saga over the past two years. The 21-year-old was first linked with a move to the club in 2019 but finally joined two years later.
Sancho was expected to be United’s high-profile signing of the summer but he was immediately usurped by Cristiano Ronaldo, who formally completed his return to the club on deadline day.
The former Manchester City youth player enjoyed a sparkling four-year spell in Germany, earning himself the reputation of being one of Europe’s most exciting prospects. Last season, the England international’s efforts helped Borussia Dortmund to the DFB Pokal trophy.
After notching up 16 goals and assisting a further 20 last season, he has endured a tough start to his new chapter as he is yet to nail down a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Bundesliga commentator Kevin Hatchard has now delivered his verdict on Sancho’s transfer to United, insisting patience is needed and that he remains an ‘incredible talent’.
“If the question is, ‘How long do you give him?’, I would suggest longer than the end of September,” Hatchard is quoted as saying by talkSPORT.
“I think what will automatically happen is that you’ll get people saying, ‘Oh well, it’s all very well doing well in the Bundesliga but you come to the Premier League.
“Look, is the standard higher in the Premier League? Yes, probably, I think that’s fair to say. Is their football massively different? No.
“Is Jadon Sancho suddenly not a good player because he’s moved to the Premier League? No. He’s a guy that has incredible talent, has a great eye for a pass, has great composure in attacking situations, and I’ve seen him change games.
“I’ve also seen him have spells where he hasn’t played very well and he’s gone four or five games and you think, ‘What’s going on with Jadon Sancho?’
“And what always happens with him? He comes back and he puts together a run of six, seven, or eight games where he’s absolutely unplayable and he’s getting goals and assists all over the place.”
As the case is with most new signings at Manchester United, there is added scrutiny and immediate demand for high-level performances. Patience is a virtue in this case and Solskjaer will be aware of the talent at his disposal.