Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho enjoyed an upturn in form at the turn of the year but overall, his first taste of Premier League football has been disappointing.
The 22-year-old scored just three league goals in 29 appearances this term but with Erik ten Hag coming in this summer, he’ll be hoping to improve on a challenging first year at United.
In truth, he couldn’t have picked a harder season to make your maiden campaign in England, with United’s season blighted with difficulties on and off the pitch.
Speaking in an interview on Manchester United’s official website, Sancho has now named six former United players he wishes he could have played with.
“Eric Cantona, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Wayne Rooney, Nani – the list could go on and on. They were all big characters so I would loved to have played with all of them,” he is quoted as saying.
When pressed further on who he idolised growing up, he admitted that Brazil legend Ronaldinho was his idol. The former Barcelona star was agonisingly close to joining United in 2003 but a move never materialised.
Sancho, whose biggest moment arguably came in the Manchester derby when he equalised against his former side, also explained why the 3-2 win over Tottenham in March was his favourite game: “Probably Tottenham [at home, 3-2 win] because of the atmosphere and the scoreline.”
Ten Hag is set to assess the squad at the end of next month when pre-season starts and Sancho’s non-involvement in international fixtures could work in his favour.
The tricky winger did not take part in pre-season last year and could benefit from a full-term under the new manager.