Jadon Sancho made an impressive cameo against Everton this weekend, having previously struggled since his big-money move from Borussia Dortmund.
The 21-year-old remains one of the hottest properties in European football and despite still not registering a goal involvement this season, he has now offered supporters some optimism ahead of United’s tricky run of fixtures.
Sancho started the encounter with Everton on the bench but he replaced Anthony Martial, who scored United’s only goal, early in the second half. Immediately, Sancho was United’s main creator from the left flank.
Rashford’s long-term injury, which he is recovering from and could feature in United’s next game, has meant that the left-sided role has been taken up by Paul Pogba, Martial, and Sancho this season.
Despite only being introduced in the 57th minute, Sancho had more Shot Creating Actions than any other Manchester United player on the day (4), according to the statistical website FBRef.
Furthermore, Sancho also completed the joint-most amount of dribbles (2) in the 90-minute affair, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka joining him at the top spot. Sancho completed two progressive passes in his 33 minutes on the pitch, whilst Martial completed just three despite playing for nearly twice as long.
Sancho’s appearance also proved that he is willing to put in the hard work, as he made five pressures with a 60% success rate, only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo (100%).
Clearly, the exciting winger has taken some time to get settled into his new surroundings but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have been enthused by what he saw on Saturday.